Wikileaks tried to give Trump campaign documents pertaining to the election in the last weeks of the campaign. Wikileaks may have tried to give the documents, but the real question is what did the campaign do with the email seeking to share the documents? Did the campaign attempt to access the documents?
Congressional investigators are trying to ascertain whether the individual who sent the September email is legitimate and whether it shows additional efforts by WikiLeaks to connect with Trump's son and others on the Trump campaign. The email also indicated that the Trump campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose hacked emails were made public by a Russian front group 10 days later.
The email, which was described to CNN by multiple sources and verified by Trump Jr.'s attorney, came from someone who listed his name as "Mike Erickson." It was addressed to Trump, Trump Jr., Trump Jr.'s personal assistant and others, and turned over to Congress as part of the documents provided by the Trump Organization.
Congressional investigators are uncertain who the sender is, and CNN was unable to make contact with the individual. It's not clear whether the email was a legitimate effort to provide the hacked documents to the Trump campaign. The individual was able to obtain the email addresses for Trump Jr. and his personal assistant, as well as an email that congressional investigators believe was for then-candidate Trump, although he rarely uses email.
Trump Jr. was asked about the WikiLeaks email Wednesday when he was questioned in the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, several sources familiar with the exchange told CNN. Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, told CNN that his client said he had no recollection of the email and took no action on it.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment, and efforts to reach WikiLeaks for comment were unsuccessful. CNN
The effort to send documents is only part of the issue. First, is the email a valid attempt by Wikileaks to share information with the Trump campaign? Second, if the email was received what did the Trump campaign do with the email or the documents made the subject of the email? Third, is Donald Trump Jr. being truthful about the email? Finally, what, if anything, did "The Donald" know about the emails and the Wikileaks efforts?