Russia has Kompromat on Trump
US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday faced explosive claims that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information on him, but the Kremlin dismissed it as fake and aimed at damaging ties.
Bombshell info that Kremlin can blackmail Donald
Washington/New York: US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday faced explosive claims that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information on him, but the Kremlin dismissed it as fake and aimed at damaging ties.
Trump too denounced the report circulating in US media with damaging claims over his personal and professional life as a “political witch-hunt” as he was set to hold his first news conference in nearly six months on Wednesday.
“FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH-HUNT!” the President-elect tweeted on Tuesday after CNN reported that intelligence officials briefed him on the claims last week.
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia denied the claims, with President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling journalists: “The Kremlin does not have any ‘kompromat’ on Trump.” He called the dossier a “total fake” and “an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations.”
Intelligence chiefs last week presented America's incoming 45th President, as well as current President Barack Obama, with a two-page synopsis on the potential embarrassment, according to CNN and The New York Times, who cited multiple unnamed US officials with direct knowledge of the meeting.
The outgoing US leader had little to add publicly to the bombshell revelations, saying he hadn't yet seen the media reports, as he delivered his farewell address on Tuesday with 10 days to go until Trump's inauguration.
He, however, added that he hopes Congress and the Trump administration would continue to work toward finding answers about who is responsible for hacking scandals that have roiled American politics in recent months.
CNN gave no details of the allegations but US media outlet Buzzfeed published, without corroborating its contents, a 35-page dossier of memos on which the synopsis is based, which was circulating in Washington for months.
The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes filmed during a 2013 visit by Trump to a luxury Moscow hotel, supposedly as a potential means for blackmail.
They also suggest Russian officials proposed lucrative deals in order to win influence over the Republican real estate magnate.