CNN is reporting this afternoon that intelligence officials presented information last week to both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump regarding claims that the Russia made efforts to compromise Trump.
According to the breaking report, this information was presented to both men as part of the intelligence briefings they received on Russia’s hacking that was done to influence the election.
In part of a two-page synopsis, it was shown that Russian officials claimed to have compromising personal and business information on Trump. Per CNN, the FBI is now currently looking at the credibility and accuracy of these allegations. It was also explained that this was separate from the intelligence report and only presented to those with the highest security clearance.
The two-page document also showed allegations that there was communication between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government. CNN says they can confirm that this information was given to Trump, but they can’t confirm if it was actually discussed in the briefing.
The synopsis is of a dossier that was prepared by an ex-British intelligence agent for the use of opposition research against Trump. Buzzfeed got a hold of the dossier and reported that many of the claims in it are unverified and may be impossible to verify. Also, it noted there were some errors in it.
The document was prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent. It is not just unconfirmed: It includes some clear errors. The report misspells the name of one company, “Alpha Group,” throughout. It is Alfa Group. The report says the settlement of Barvikha, outside Moscow, is “reserved for the residences of the top leadership and their close associates.” It is not reserved for anyone, and is also populated by the very wealthy.
Some of the claims in the dossier are that Trump allegedly hired prostitutes in Russia for kinky sex acts.
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) January 10, 2017
Earlier today, while speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey said he “can’t talk about” whether the FBI was investigating a Trump/Russia relationship. The exchange seemed to indicate that both the senators and Comey knew there was an investigation that couldn’t be presented publicly.
CNN also confirmed that these claims are what then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was referring to when he sent a highly critical letter of Comey in October.
Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States.”
In November, it was reported that a Russian diplomat confirmed that Kremlin was in contact with the Trump campaign.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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