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
Surrogates for the Donald Trump campaign and intermediaries for the Russian government allegedly exchanged information during the campaign, national security officials told CNN.
In an explosive report alleging that Russian operatives have compromising information on Trump, CNN buried a very substantial part of the findings:
— Matthew Feeney (@M_Feeney) January 10, 2017
According to CNN, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers presented the findings to Trump last week.
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.”…
One high level administration official told CNN, “I have a sense the outgoing administration and intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down. I think [the] concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated as it should be and acted upon as necessary.”
In October, Mother Jones reported that members of the Trump team accepted intel from the Kremlin and that Russian intelligence “compromised Trump.”