CNN EXCLUSIVE: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him https://t.co/zQiOegD7CQ— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 10, 2017
A bombshell new report from CNN suggests that during his briefing with intelligence and law enforcement officials about Russian involvement in the election, President-Elect Trump was reportedly briefed about claims that “Russian operatives” made implying they have personal and financial information about him.
The reporting by Carl Bernstein, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Evan Perez cites multiple officials with direct knowledge of the materials included in the briefing.
The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump….
One reason the nation’s intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN.
The revelation was also included to demonstrate that despite having embarrassing information about both candidates, only information relating to the Clinton campaign was released. The report also said that “Trump surrogates” and “intermediaries for the Russian government” had a “continuing exchange of information.”
The information was drawn mostly from the opposition research conducted by the former MI6 operative funded by Republicans and Democrats. However, after U.S. intelligence agencies got involved, they found his sourcing credible enough to include information from his memos in the report.
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