Unverified Intelligence Report Claiming Russia Has Damaging Personal & Financial Information About President-Elect Donald Trump Leaks (Video)

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(Reuters) Classified documents that the heads of four U.S. intelligence agencies presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him, two U.S. officials said Tuesday evening.

They told Reuters the claims, which one called "unsubstantiated," were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that U.S. intelligence officials presented to Trump and President Barack Obama last week.

Trump responded on Tuesday evening in a tweet calling the reports: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One of the officials, both of whom requested anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. agencies are continuing to investigate the credibility and accuracy of the claims.

They are included in opposition research reports made available last year to Democrats and U.S. officials by a former British intelligence official, most of whose past work U.S. officials consider credible.

The official said investigators so far have been unable to confirm the material about Trump financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence. Some material in the reports produced by the former British intelligence officer has proved to be erroneous, the official said.

The FBI declined comment.

SURFACED LAST YEAR

The charges that Russia attempted to compromise New York real estate businessman Trump were presented to the FBI and other U.S. government officials last summer and have been circulating for months.

The FBI initially took the material seriously, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, which was first reported by CNN.

However, the FBI failed to act on the material, and the former British intelligence officer broke off contact about three weeks before the November election, they said.

The warning of information about Russia's compromising claims follows growing U.S. intelligence and law enforcement concerns about what Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has called "multifaceted" Russian influence and espionage operations in Europe and the United States.

In addition to hacking computer networks and spreading propaganda and fake news, it includes efforts to cultivate business and political leaders and find compromising personal, financial and other information on persons of interest, U.S. intelligence officials said.

The classified briefings last week were presented to Obama and Trump by Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

U.S. intelligence chiefs included a classified summary of the material to make Trump aware that it is circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress, government officials and others, one of the officials said.

An unclassified intelligence report released on Friday concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The report said U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that as part of the effort Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks and others to release emails it hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats.

Read the leaked documents here.

(Reporting Warren Strobel, Mark Hosenball, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott; Editing by Grant McCool and Lisa Shumaker)

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Comment by Steve Hamilton on January 12, 2017 at 5:42am
Your fear of trump is the change this guy is scary but he ant thick and won't be robbed off anything I think that the fact is this war between the us and Russia has been along time coming no one wants it to happen but war is something we watch on tv and thank the Lord it ant happening in my street I think this is a game changer for the better or goin to go crazy USA and Russia are two massive egos and neither will roll over but Putin tried with Obama and the relations where clearly strained not even able to make eye contact a times and obamas body langue was like I need and want to get away from this guy. It could work for trump in a business sense but political sense it could expose him .. I wish all you Americans well over the next four years it's a choice what others made for the people an now the power is in their hands you have to accept it and keep it moving and when you get a chance vote him out or he could end up like Clinton and f**** himself
Comment by Chris king on January 12, 2017 at 5:02am
Putin almost praised Trump to be elected.. for one reason.. he needsa weak link to get at the us with the UN approval.. compromised US president would help Russia to get approval to either investigate or apply more military pressure (presence) within the american continent seas ... Russia waited forever for an opportunity that big to go @ the US. US ppl voted for trump ''a clown'' by good will, wanting the establishement to go away but got blind @ the fact Trump will make the country weaker than ever in the foreigh eyes,All presidents around the world will take Trump as a joke and will team up against him. sad for the US.
Comment by Bongo Jones on January 11, 2017 at 5:58pm
So nothing. Nothing leaked. Someones just talkin s***. Id like to take this time to remind everyone that donald trump didnt say anything racist throughout his presidential campaign, he said some tactless, s***** things, but if you think he said racist things, you just a race whiner grasping at nothing.
Comment by united-gs on January 11, 2017 at 1:22pm
I believe trumps wife is a russian spy...the russians knew what trump likes in a woman, what kind of woman catches his eyes, modeling, sexy and young...knew exactly what trumps like to do in bed from intel told bu the former russian prostitutes he hired in the past...so she mastered him and he fell in the trap

And who knows more secrets about yourself than your wife? So she gathered enough information and transfered those informations to the russian government, in return they bought his soul sorrmta speak....probably bailed him out financially (untraceable), blackmailed him with secrets he doesnt want out.....now russia has total control of the new elected president and the white house

Gotta give it to putin, him and his intelligence agencies and the russians spies did a mastermind of a job.
Comment by MASTER on January 11, 2017 at 12:01pm
Tmz probably has more dirt
Comment by Steve Hamilton on January 11, 2017 at 10:02am
Fake news just trying to fuel a want away war in which has been brewing for over 50years trump needs to sit back and relax in don't matter who says what you got the job the world may be in fear but he is trying to create jobs and keep a partial view into Americas interests don't be surprised to see this guy in Russia soon chilling with vlad... I do t like him but you have to admire what he has done already let a known what he is going to cause for America and maybe the world



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