Report claims Russia has ‘compromising personal and financial information’ to blackmail Donald Trump
Last week US president-elect received intelligence briefing from four top agency officials last week included classified documents that detail allegations that Russian operatives have “compromising personal and financial information“ about the president-elect, CNN reported Tuesday.
According to CNN, the unverified allegations were contained in a two-page synopsis presented to both President Barack Obama and Trump but the FBI was still investigating the credibility of the documents.
Shortly afterwards, BuzzFeed News published the full 35-page dossier reportedly presented in summary form to the incoming and outgoing presidents. BuzzFeed notes that the dossier “includes specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.”
One of the reports in the dossier claimed that Trump had declined “various sweetener real estate deals offered him in Russia” especially in developments linked to the 2018 World Cup finals but that “he and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.”
It states that Russian intelligence was “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years, and that they have information that could be used to blackmail the president-elect, who will take the oath of office in less than two weeks. The emergence of the documents is potentially explosive, 10 days before Trump’s inauguration and on the eve of his first planned press conference since July last year.
However, Trump responded on Tuesday evening in a tweet calling the reports: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”