President Trump was offered access to hacked WikiLeaks documents during his 2016 election campaign, according to CNN.
CNN on Friday reported that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and others in the Trump Organization were also afforded the same opportunity last year.
The September 4 message was sent during the height of the 2016 presidential race between now-President Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
The email came two months after hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) publicly emerged.
The outreach also happened a month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of hacked emails from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
The email additionally arrived less than three weeks before WikiLeaks directly contacted Donald Trump Jr., starting an exchange of direct messages on Twitter.
Donald Trump Jr. told investigators that he has no recollection of the message, which was verified by his attorney and described to CNN by multiple sources.
Congressional investigators are now trying to determine whether the person who sent the email is legitimate.
The message came from someone who listed their name as “Mike Erickson,” and it was addressed to now-President Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
The email was also addressed to Donald Trump Jr.’s personal assistant and others, and it was turned over to Congress as part of the documents provided by the Trump Organization.
The outreach also indicated that President Trump’s election campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Powell’s hacked emails were ultimately released publicly by a Russian front group ten days after the September 2016 message was sent.
Donald Trump Jr. was asked about the WikiLeaks email on Wednesday during the House Intelligence Committee’s questioning of him behind closed doors.
Several sources familiar with the exchange told CNN that Donald Trump Jr. downplayed his Twitter message exchanges with WikiLeaks.
Donald Trump Jr. claimed that corresponding with WikiLeaks was equal to engaging with new organizations like CNN or NBC.
WikiLeaks has used decryption keys and related websites in the past, with the idea being that an encrypted data file is impossible to open without the right tool.