Donald Trump Jr.; Mike Pence (Credit: AP/Matt York/Getty/Ethan Miller)
It’s time for another round of “Is Mike Pence actually as incompetent as he looks, or is he just a liar?”
On Monday, the Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe published the details of a series of Twitter direct messages between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential campaign. Despite a flat denial previously offered denial by then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, the direct message transcripts appear to show the president’s oldest son communicating with WikiLeaks between September 2016 and July 2017.
The messages are mostly from WikiLeaks, which CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a Trump appointee, has described as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” But Trump Jr. responded personally on several occasions.
On the same morning Pence claimed on Fox News that the Trump campaign wasn’t “in cahoots” with WikiLeaks — which was then orchestrating the release of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails — Trump Jr. tweeted out a link reportedly provided to him by WikiLeaks.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Pence told “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy when asked on Oct. 14, 2016, about reports of coordination between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. “I think all of us have …read more