Grassley: Trump Jr.’s exchanges with WikiLeaks ‘very innocuous’

Grassley: Trump Jr.’s exchanges with WikiLeaks ‘very innocuous’
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday the exchanges between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 presidential election seem “very innocuous.”

“I read those emails. He only responded to two or three of them, and they were very innocuous. So I don’t even know why you’d be asking about him if you read them,” Grassley told CNN.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE’s eldest son confirmed Monday that he received numerous direct messages on Twitter from WikiLeaks. The correspondence was largely one-sided, with Trump Jr. only responding to a few messages.

In one instance, the anti-secrecy group suggested Trump Jr. should leak one of his father’s tax returns to the organization in order to improve the perception of the site’s impartiality. In another message, WikiLeaks pushed Trump Jr. to tell his father not to accept the election results if he lost.

Trump Jr. did not respond to either solicitation.


The correspondence was reportedly given to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

While Democrats have been calling for Trump Jr. to testify in a public hearing before the committee, Grassley said Tuesday that the messages don’t make that any more likely to happen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of multiple congressional committees in the midst of separate investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller is also leading a probe into Russian influence and possible ties to the Trump campaign.