US Intelligence officials revealed to Donald Trump and President Obama allegations that Russian operatives had dirt on the President-Elect.
CNN reports that the classified findings were presented in a two page summary, attached to the full intelligence report on alleged Russian hacking, jointly by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers last week.
The inclusion of the appendix was an “extraordinary step” taken 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,” CNN reported accorded to multiple sources.
The intelligence was not gathered directly by US intelligence agencies, rather “in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible,” CNN reported.
“These senior intelligence officials also included the synopsis to demonstrate that Russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties, but only released information damaging to Hillary Clinton and Democrats. This synopsis was not an official part of the report from the intelligence community case about Russian hacks, but some officials said it augmented the evidence that Moscow intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy and help Trump’s,” reports CNN.
The briefing also contained allegations that there had been an ongoing exchange between “Trump surrogates” and “intermediaries for the Russian government.”
Trump has been dismissive of the allegations of Russian hacking, especially of any potential influence on the outcome of the election, even as his surrogates have softened on the issue in public statements.
The FBI says it is investigating all of the allegations presented to Trump, although Director James Comey would not say specifically whether the bureau was looking into Trump’s campaign funding.