In September 2016, candidate Donald Trump, his son, and other campaign advisers were given a key to access hacked WikiLeaks documents. WikiLeaks is considered an intelligence agency adverse to the United States.
The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race -- on the same day that Trump Jr. first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton. "WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton Sent THOUSANDS of Classified Cables Marked "(C)" for Confidential," he tweeted, sharing a story from the Gateway Pundit, a conservative, pro-Trump website.
The email also indicated the key could be used to access emails stolen from Colin Powell, which were publicly released by a Russian front group several days later.
The email, which was described to CNN by multiple sources and verified by Trump Jr.'s attorney, came from someone who listed his name as "Mike Erickson." 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.
During his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump Jr. said he did not recall the email in question, and his attorney, Alan Futerfas, reiterated that statement Friday morning.
"We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked," Futerfas said. "We do not know who Mike Erickson is. We have no idea who he is. We never responded to the email."