New emails provided to congressional investigators is potentially shining new light upon WikiLeaks’ efforts to aid the Trump campaign in 2016.
CNN is reporting that “candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents.”
Investigators are still trying to determine whether the website was a legit offer or merely a hoax. Additionally, they still have not confirmed the identity of the email’s sender, who identified himself as someone named “Mike Erickson.”
When asked about this email by congressional investigators this week, Trump Jr. said he had no recollection of receiving it, while also insisting that no action was ever taken to reply to the email.
If the decryption key and website were legitimate, it would mark the second known instance of WikiLeaks reaching out directly to the Trump campaign to offer help in defeating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Last month, a series of secret messages between Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account revealed that the site had asked the president’s eldest son to promote newly leaked documents from John Podesta’s email account last fall. Additionally, WikiLeaks encouraged Trump Jr. to convince his father to not concede the election in the event that he lost to Clinton.