FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr.is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in NY.
Congressional investigators are seeking to determine whether the September 4 email to the Trumps, which was turned over by the Trump Organization, is the latest example of entities or individuals associated with WikiLeaks trying to boost the GOP candidate's campaign and tarnish Hillary Clinton's. CNN reported that a Russian front group was behind that release.
Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, initially claimed that his client did not remember the email, but after CNN published its story he released a statement: "We do not know who Mike Erickson is".
President Trump and others in his campaign operation received an email with the encryption key and website address for WikiLeaks documents, according to a CNN exclusive report on Friday.
In the final months of the 2016 race, the Trump campaign openly embraced the data dumps of hacked information from Democratic officials and individuals associated with Hillary Clinton. Additionally, they still have not confirmed the identity of the email's sender, who identified himself as someone named "Mike Erickson".
The email, sent on September 4, 2016, came just a few weeks before WikiLeaks and Trump Jr. began communicating via Twitter direct messages. 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. Shortly after the email was sent, Clinton campaign emails began circulating online in an apparent leak of WikiLeaks-acquired documents.
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. And recently, The Atlantic unveiled purported messages between the Don Jr. and WikiLeaks.