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Report: Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks via Twitter

In this Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Donald Trump Jr., son of President-elect Donald Trump, walks from the elevator at Trump Tower in New York. Donald Trump Jr.'s scheduled visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday marks a new phase in the Senate investigation of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election and a meeting that the president's eldest son had with Russians during the campaign. Staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee _ one of three congressional committees conducting investigations _ plan to privately interview the younger Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, repeatedly communicated with WikiLeaks in the weeks leading up to and after the 2016 election, The Atlantic reported Monday.

The transparency organization first reached out to Trump Jr, then aiding in his father's campaign, in September 2016.

Corresponding via Twitter private direct message, the organization sent an anti-Trump website -- putintrump.com -- and asked for a comment. Trump Jr. responded the next morning, saying he would "ask around."

Correspondence between the two parties on this and other topics continued until at least July 2017, The Atlantic reported.

The messages, which were turned over to congressional investigators, are troubling because intelligence experts believe the organization was cooperating directly with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. According to some, Russian agents used WikiLeaks as a way to dump stolen material obtained via hacking.

Over the course of their correspondence, WikiLeaks asks Trump Jr. for several favors -- including Trump's tax returns, the proclamation of the elections as "rigged" and even the appointment of Julian Assange -- as Australian ambassador to the United States. While most messages were sent by WikiLeaks, Trump Jr. responded to -- and even appeared to heed -- multiple messages.

Trump Jr. responded to the report later Monday, taking to Twitter to pen a reply -- and publish images of the conversations in question.

"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," Trump Jr. wrote. "How ironic!"

The conversations will be analyzed by lawmakers as they continue to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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