If you haven’t heard, the story of how Donald Trump Jr. leaked his emails to the news media is a story that is a very big deal.
The email leak, which came just a few days after the 2016 election, has been the subject of several stories over the past several days, and it is now being examined in a number of different ways.
For those that haven’t been following along, here is a quick primer.
What was the email?
On March 8, 2016, Donald Trump was at the Trump Tower in New York City when the story broke about his son, Donald Jr., exchanging a series of emails with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
According to The Washington Post, the emails were obtained by The New York Times and shared with the American public by the Trump campaign.
The emails are part of a larger, broader, and more expansive effort by the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.
They are one of the most consequential and explosive leaks in recent history, and are now the subject the FBI is investigating.
What did Donald Jr. do with the emails?
Donald Jr.’s involvement in the story, which the Post and others are calling “a major national security story,” was not as simple as simply handing over the emails to The New Republic.
The President and his advisers, including then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, sought to have the emails scrubbed from the internet by putting the information on an internal system to be deleted, according to the Post.
That system, known as a “red team,” was shut down by Trump, and the emails remained in the hands of WikiLeaks.
What is the Trump team’s reasoning for removing the emails from the public record?
The Trump campaign and its allies, including Lewandowski and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, are currently under investigation by the FBI for possible collusion with Russia to help Trump win the election.
According a statement by FBI Director James Comey, the Trump Campaign attempted to delete the emails “to protect the identities of campaign employees involved in the process.”
What is WikiLeaks doing now?
It has been publishing the emails on its website, WikiLeaks, since Monday.
The site says it is the “largest single source of confidential, uncensored documents on the Trump Organization and its ties to the Kremlin.”
The site also says the emails are “among the most damaging of any of the campaign’s hacked documents.”
But WikiLeaks said it has no editorial control over the content of the emails and has no role in the public release of them.
What does this mean for President Trump?
It means he has a lot of work to do to prevent his son from being indicted for crimes he committed.
The president’s lawyers have said the emails contained information the public has a right to know about and is therefore protected by the First Amendment.
It also means that he and his staff, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have a lot to answer for.
The Washington Free Beacon has also reported that the emails show that the Trump administration has a “systematic effort to conceal evidence of corruption” by the president’s campaign and his administration.