‘Fake news and a political witch hunt': Trump denies claims he was told of Russian blackmail file

Liam Quinn and Jeff Earle — Daily Mail.com Jan 11, 2017

Kellyanne doubles down on Seth Meyers saying Donald was ‘NEVER briefed on it’

Donald Trump has rubbished allegations U.S. intelligence officials provided him with information they believe showed the Russian government had dug up dirt on his political and personal dealings.

U.S. officials included a two-page synopsis of ‘kompromat’ – Russian for compromising material – as part of their security briefing of the president-elect on Friday.

‘FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!’ Trump furiously tweeted shortly before 8:30pm on Tuesday after the story broke.

Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway also hit back against the allegations, attempting to cast doubt on them by saying they came from ‘unnamed sources’, during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

She then said: ‘I have to say as an American citizen… we should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the press but won’t go and tell the president-elect or the President of the United States himself, Mr Obama, what the information is. They would rather go tell the press.’

Kellyanne Conway (pictured) also hit back against the allegations. Click to enlarge

Kellyanne Conway (pictured) also hit back against the allegations. Click to enlarge

When Meyers corrected her by pointing out the reports came from briefings last week, Conway said Trump ‘was not aware of it’.

The material was based on memos compiled by a British intelligence operative who was considered ‘credible’ by the U.S. intelligence community, CNN reported.

What is believed to be the 35-page document itself was published by Buzzfeed, which pointed out that it contained errors. Little of its contents can be independently verified.

It claims Russian sources told the operative that they had extensive material on the now president-elect – including a secret film of him in the suite where President Obama stayed in Moscow, watching prostitutes committing degrading sex acts on the bed where the president slept.

The secret briefing, which included the documents of incendiary material, was provided by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

The meeting last week was at a time when Trump has been feuding with the intelligence community.

Intel chiefs included the information in order to make Trump aware that the information was circulating within the U.S. intelligence community, lawmakers and senior intelligence officials told the network.

It was included to bolster the agencies’ conclusion, also made publicly, that Russia had dirt on both Republicans and Democrats, but released only the bad info on Democrats, via leaks to the WikiLeaks site, as part of the narrative of election interference to bolster Trump.

The document also charged there was an information exchange between Trump surrogates and representatives of the Russian government.

The charge has echoes of what then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who got top-level security briefings, charged this fall.

james-comeyReid wrote FBI director James Comey in October: ‘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.’

Buzzfeed on Tuesday published memos, which the site noted could not be verified, charging that Russia had been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for ‘at least five years.’

The site wrote that the documents were ‘understood to be by a former British intelligence agent’ and was prepared for political opponents of Trump.

The document states Trump had declined ‘sweetener real estate deals in Russia that the Kremlin lined up in order to cultivate him.

Russian authorities tried to ‘exploit Trump’s personal obsessions and sexual perversion’ in order to compromise him.

The document also referenced Trump’s ‘(perverted) conduct’ at the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama ‘whom he hated’ had stayed.

It cited ‘Source D’ as saying Trump’s conduct included hiring prostitutes ‘to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.’ It says the hotel was known to be under the control of Russia’s FSB, with hidden cameras and microphones.

The site noted that the document contained some errors, such as misspelling the name of a company, the ‘Alfa Group.’

The documents quote an unnamed Russian intelligence official as saying there was enough information to blackmail Trump.

The New York Times reported that intelligence officials considered the material ‘so potentially explosive’ that they decided they needed to tell Trump, Obama, and top congressional leaders about it.

The paper described the memos as being ‘generated by political operatives seeking to derail Mr. Trump’s candidacy.’

CNN’s story was reported by four reporters, including former Watergate scribe Carl Bernstein.

Bernstein said on air the raw intelligence memos were drafted by a retired MI6 British intelligence operative. MI6, formally the Secret Intelligence Service, conducts foreign intelligence gathering for the UK government.

The operative had been hired by a political opposition research firm who did work first for Republican and then Democratic political opponents of Trump.

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