Russian Agents Reportedly Bragged About Having ‘Derogatory’ Information on Trump and Advisers
The saga of Donald Trump and Russia has a little more smoke today after news emerged that Russian agents may have what they described as “derogatory” information about Donald and his key advisers.
The Russian boasting was picked up by U.S. intelligence intercepts according to two intelligence officials and one congressional source. The news was first reported by CNN early Tuesday morning.
One source described the information as financial in nature and said the discussion centered on whether the Russians had leverage over Trump’s inner circle. The source said the intercepted communications suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed “they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information.”
The report was quick to put the information into context saying that the Russians may have been exaggerating in their internal communications to one another.
The news, nevertheless, will likely keep alive suspicions that the Russian government holds a trove of damaging information about President Trump and his top advisers, which could be used to bend U.S. policy towards more pro-Russian interests — aka the famous “kompromat.”
Those who have been paying attention will likely remember the famous Trump “dossier” compiled by former MI6 agent, Christopher Steele. The seamiest details of that have never been verified and we’re not linking to anything here — you can go over to BuzzFeed for that.
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