Oh fudge, Donald Trump Jr. has gotten his finger stuck in all the Russians’ butts again. As we’ve learned about Russian interference in the 2016 election, one of the things Russians did throughout was employ cut-outs and go-betweens to target weak and stupid members of the Trump team. They gave Carter Page a tonguebath because he is such a scholarly good boy who loves Russia, and they poked around all kinds of other Trump idiots, making vague promises of delivering unto the Trump campaign the mythological 33,000 deleted emails from Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi server, because those nonexistent emails are like barbecue-flavored opioids to Trump idiots.
They came to Donald Trump Jr. promising sweet delicious dirt on Hillary and the DNC, if only he could take a meeting with a Russian lawyer and a bunch of Russian spies in Trump Tower. (“If it’s what you say, I love it!” said Junior, who yearns for his father’s approval.) And it turns out they used Julian Assange at WikiLeaks, who has long been identified by American intelligence services as a Russian cut-out, who sent Junior private sexts on Twitter all through 2016, including after it was publicly known that WikiLeaks was a Russian front.
Julia Ioffe broke the story at The Atlantic, and it is wow:
Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?”
Ooh! This was almost as exciting as that one time Junior had a wet dream about what it would like to be to have a regular human face! He replied the next morning that he would “ask around,” and he did:
According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks.
That is exactly what you are supposed to do when a known Russian intelligence front is poking you for information. Rule number one: DO NOT CALL FBI. Rule number two: EMAIL EVERYBODY YOU HAVE EVER MET.
Junior tweeted out his dirty private WikiLeaks sexts Monday night, just like he did when the email chain about his Russian Trump Tower big boy grown-up spy meeting was about to come out. God bless, he is stupid. He emphasizes that he only replied to Assange three “whopping” times, and exhibits an Alanis Morissette level of understanding of the word “ironic”:
We should note that Junior’s lack of responses after a certain point doesn’t mean he wasn’t reading and taking instructions. It certainly appears, according to the timeline of events reported by Ioffe, that he was! Since dipshit tweeted them out anyway, let’s just look at the original source. This happened on October 3, 2016:
LOL at Junior begging for the scoop on the big Wednesday WikiLeaks drop. He’s referring to how Roger Stone famously tweeted that on the very next Wednesday, Hillary Clinton would be “done,” on account of WikiLeaks. Li’l Donny didn’t know about it because nobody tells him anything. :(
As Think Progress notes, just four days later Homeland Security and the DNI released “a joint statement publicly accusing WikiLeaks of being a Kremlin front.”
Think Progress also notes that in the last month of the campaign, Trump talked about WikiLeaks 164 TIMES. It appears Assange noticed! From October 12, 2016:
No fun, Junior didn’t respond to that one! But Ioffe notes that something DID happen, just 15 minutes later:
15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”
That’s a pretty efficient reach-around right there, during a time period where the campaign absolutely should have known they were dealing with the Russians when they did the bidding of WikiLeaks. As Ioffe notes, Junior tweeted the nice link WikiLeaks secretly sexted him a couple days later, on the 14th:
HMMMMM, wonder if anything else happened October 14, 2016? Oh, look, here is Mike Pence on Fox News that very morning denying the Trump campaign is in “cahoots” with WikiLeaks, on the very same morning Junior was doing XXX CAHOOTS with WikiLeaks in his private Twitter messages:
Flashback: October 14, 2016. Pence responds to reports that the Trump campaign is in cahoots with WikiLeaks: “Nothing could be further from the truth.” pic.twitter.com/J4AjDrtjWF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 14, 2017
This prompted the chyron writer on “Morning Joe” to say fuck it and go full Wonkette on Tuesday morning:
Anything else? Sure! Here’s WikiLeaks suggesting on October 21 that Junior give them one of his Daddy’s tax returns, partially because it would help Assange keep up the ruse that WikiLeaks was impartial in the 2016 election and not colluding with the Trump campaign:
And here’s WikiLeaks helpfully suggesting to Junior on election day that if his dad “loses,” he should not “conceed”:
Also, they wanted Donald Trump to try to convince Australia to nominate Assange as ambassador to the US. Totally a reasonable thank-you for all the help he gave the campaign, right? Assange also sexted when Junior’s Russian meeting came out in the press, with a helpful suggestion:
The message was sent at 9:29 am on July 11. Trump Jr. did not respond, but just hours later, he posted the emails himself, on his own Twitter feed.
He sure did! Junior seemed to get quite a lot of ideas from his private messages with WikiLeaks, regardless of whether he actually responded.
But wait, we are confused. Doesn’t Attorney General Jeff Sessions want to put WikiLeaks IN JAIL? Doesn’t CIA Director Mike Pompeo say WikiLeaks is a “hostile intelligence service” that does Russia’s bidding and that Assange probably would have been a Nazi if this was the 1930s? HE DOES.
Wonder how they’ll react to these revelations!
In summary, Junior did another wet Russian shit in his diaper and Robert Mueller has a whole bunch of new material for his investigation, assuming he didn’t have this already.
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