>> The intelligence briefing presented to Donald Trump last week about Russia's interference in the 2016 election included allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about the president elect. Reuters Reporter Jonathan Landay is following the story.>> Two US officials have confirmed to Reuters that a two-page memo was presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week.
The top US government officials decided that President-elect Donald Trump should be made aware of these allegations, because they are floating around Washington have been for quite some time among both government officials, think tanks and journalists.>> Trump quickly responding on Twitter writing in all capital letters, FAKE NEWS, A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT.
The explosive allegations first reported by CNN late Tuesday, setting multiple US officials with knowledge of the briefings who say, the classified report included a separate attachment meant only for the eyes of the most senior levels of government. President Obama, the president-elect and eight congressional leaders. The allegations come in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative whose work at MI6, US officials say, makes him credible.
The two-page attachment also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government. No further details on tthe nature of the compromising information that Russia operatives claimed to have on Trump were given.