WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange went public Tuesday with his pitch to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE Jr., saying his election-year offer to be an ambassador to the U.S. as an advocate for whistleblowers is still on the table.
Dear @DonaldJTrumpJr our offer of being ambassador to the US still stands. I could open a hotel style embassy in DC with luxury immunity suites for whistleblowers. The public will get a turbo-charged flow of intel about the latest CIA plots to undermine democracy. DM me.#vault8— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) November 14, 2017
Trump Jr. has given his private Twitter correspondences with WikiLeaks over to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Some of those correspondences leaked to the Atlantic on Monday, so Trump Jr. released them on Twitter.
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
WikiLeaks, which published emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE’s campaign chairman John Podesta before last year’s election, pushed Trump Jr. in the private messages to tweet out links to their work and to check out some of the campaign dirt that they’d come across.
Trump Jr. did not respond to most of the messages from WikiLeaks, but the contact has only added to the scrutiny surrounding the Trump campaign and possible ties to Russia.
The U.S. intelligence community earlier this year stated with "high confidence" that members of Russia's military intelligence service hacked the Democratic emails and then gave them to WikiLeaks. Assange has repeatedly denied that charge.
Trump Jr. has also come under scrutiny for a meeting he had last summer with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Clinton.
The meeting was also attended by Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. In one of the emails that led up to the meeting, an intermediary said the "sensitive information" being offered was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."