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    Spy Agencies Investigating Claims Trump Advisers Worked With Russian Agents

    Spy Agencies Investigating Claims Trump Advisers Worked With Russian Agents

    The unverified allegations—including a claim Russia has material that could be used to blackmail Mr. Trump—were deemed sufficiently significant to brief the president-elect



    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump listening to members of the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Sunday. PHOTO: ALBIN LOHR-JONES/PRESS POOL


    By SHANE HARRIS,
    DEVLIN BARRETT and
    ALAN CULLISON

    Jan. 10, 2017 9:28 p.m. ET 203 COMMENTS

    U.S. intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have spent months trying to substantiate explosive claims, compiled by a former Western intelligence official, that Russian government operatives engaged in an extensive conspiracy with advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and employees of his company, people familiar with the matter said.

    The unverified allegations—including a claim Russia has material that could be used to blackmail Mr. Trump—were deemed sufficiently significant by senior intelligence officials to summarize them in a two-page addendum to the classified briefing President-elect Trump received last Friday about Russian efforts to influence the U.S. presidential campaign, the people said.


    “FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Mr. Trump tweeted after the allegations surfaced publicly Tuesday evening.


    U.S. officials confirmed that a summary of the information had been given to Mr. Trump. They said sharing of such unverified information was taken out of an abundance of caution that the incoming president should be aware of allegations being made against him that could become public—a decision intelligence experts backed. President Barack Obama received the same information, officials said. The agencies are continuing to investigate the claims, the people familiar with the matter said.

    “I can picture how difficult a decision this must have been,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden said of the decision to inform Mr. Trump. “But if we had this data, others may have had this data too. And regardless of truth or falsity, I can see why they thought the president-elect should know.”


    Among the allegations, contained in a set of confidential memos written by the former official, are that Mr. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, met with Kremlin officials and discussed how to arrange cash payments to hackers working under Moscow’s direction against the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. The FBI has found no evidence that he traveled to the Czech Republic, where the meeting allegedly took place in August of last year, officials said.


    Mr. Cohen, in an interview, denied any such meeting. He said in an interview Tuesday evening that he had never been contacted by the FBI or any other U.S. agency on these issues. He said Mr. Trump has also not contacted him about them. Mr. Cohen said he previously knew about the allegations because he had been contacted about them by journalists.


    The former official who compiled the dossier works for a private investigations company and was hired by both Republicans and Democrats​ to investigate Mr. Trump, according to one official close to the matter. His reports have circulated for months among law enforcement and intelligence agencies as well as congressional offices and news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal. While U.S. agencies have been unable to verify the allegations, the former official who produced the report has a long and respected track record among intelligence officials. The Journal hasn’t been able to verify the allegations.



    The memos have been the subject of intense interest, despite the difficulty that officials have had corroborating the allegations, which also include claims that Russian officials have evidence of Mr. Trump engaged in sexual acts with prostitutes and have held the information in reserve as potential blackmail.

    The memos were published in full online Tuesday evening, amid the latest twist in a months long feud between the intelligence community and Mr. Trump over the question of whether and why Russia interfered with the U.S. election.


    Before last week’s briefing, the heads of the intelligence agencies spent hours testifying before the Senate about their evidence, which showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an extensive hacking campaign and leaks of private emails, principally directed at Democrats, in a bid to help Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump had expressed skepticism about the claims. After the briefing he received Friday, he toned down his rhetoric and seemed to allow that the Russians had engaged in hacking, though he later added that it was important for the U.S. to maintain good relations with Russia.


    Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in election-related hacking or trying to influence the U.S. presidential election.


    The revelations about the unsubstantiated allegations could complicate a week in which several of Mr. Trump’s highest-level cabinet officials face confirmation hearings before the Senate and when Mr. Trump, on Wednesday morning, is scheduled to give his first press conference since July.

    Top lawmakers already have inquired publicly about the kinds of issues described in the memos.

    In a hearing Tuesday with four top intelligence officials, Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), asked FBI Director James Comey if the bureau had investigated whether individuals close to the Trump campaign have any links to Russians. Mr. Comey declined to answer, saying he couldn’t confirm or deny if an investigation had begun.


    CNN first reported that officials had given the allegations to Mr. Trump.


    “The story as presented by CNN lacks any accuracy and is yet another attempt to discredit Mr. Trump’s landslide victory in this election,” said Mr. Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Mr. Trump.


    Mr. Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular vote to Mrs. Clinton.


    Mr. Cohen said that there is “zero truth” to the idea that there has been any relationship between the Trump Organization and the Russian government or any ongoing communications during the campaign between the Trump campaign and Russian affiliates.


    A Russian official who was alleged to have met with Mr. Cohen in Prague, Oleg Solodukhin, also denied any such meeting took place, calling the report “some kind of misunderstanding.”


    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) said that he hadn’t seen the memos and that they hadn’t been discussed in a briefing on Tuesday for the heads of the intelligence committees and top lawmakers from the House and Senate, the so-called Gang of Eight.


    “It should not be a surprise to anyone that the Russians are always looking for dirt on any politician,” he told reporters.

    “That wouldn’t be news.”


    Asked how damaging the implications could be to Mr. Trump, Mr. Nunes said. “I would not jump to any conclusions here.

    This seems maybe taken a little out of context.”


    Mr. Nunes is one of the lawmakers working with Mr. Trump’s transition team.


    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and K.T. McFarland, Mr. Trump’s picks for national security adviser and deputy national security adviser respectively, declined to comment on the reports.


    The memos appear to have been a subject of interest in Congress since last fall. In an Oct. 30 letter, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) wrote to Mr. Comey accusing him of “a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information.’’


    Mr. Reid wrote that Mr. Comey had publicized any potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton, while behaving very differently regarding Mr. Trump.


    “You possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government,’’ Mr. Reid wrote. “The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public.’’


    Asked to comment on the revelation of the memos, a representative of Mr. Reid said his “letters and statements speak for themselves.”


    On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) suggested in a television appearance that the U.S. government was probing whether or not Russian operatives coordinated with people linked to U.S. political campaigns.


    Asked on NBC’s Meet The Press whether there was such an investigation, Mr. Graham replied: "I believe that it’s happening. But you need to talk to them because I don’t want to speak for them.’’

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    BuzzFeed Just Published Unverified Claims Of Trump And Russian Hookers

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    8:20 PM 01/10/2017

    BuzzFeed published documents Tuesday containing unverified information from an alleged former British intelligence agent on deep-ties between the Russian government and President-elect Donald Trump.


    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pauses as he talks to members of the media after a meeting with Pentagon officials at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    The report contains multiple unverified claims of President-elect Trump soliciting prostitutes while visiting Russia. Before the BuzzFeed story, CNN reported that President-elect Trump and President Barack Obama had been told that U.S. officials are aware that Russia allegedly has compromising financial and personal information on Trump.

    An alleged former British intelligence agent turned private investigator — who was hired by anti-Trump Republicans and Democrats — compiled a dossier on ties between Trump and Russia. He reportedly gave the memos dated up to August 2016 to an FBI official in Rome. Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain reportedly gave memos from June through December to FBI Director James Comey on Dec. 9.


    The only December memo BuzzFeed published was from Dec. 13. BuzzFeed wrote that they are publishing the unverified claims “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”


    One of the unverified memos states that Russia had exploited “Trump’s personal obsessions and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him.”

    The memo claims that an unnamed source told the alleged former British spy that Trump had gotten the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow, “where he knew President and Mrs Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling [sic] the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.”


    The unverified memo states that, “the hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.” The report says that another source, who was allegedly a staff member of that hotel, confirmed the incident to the former spook.


    This is not the only unverified mention of infidelity and prostitutes in the documents BuzzFeed published.

    The alleged former British spy said that a services industry source told him that when Trump visited St. Petersburg he “participated in sex parties in the city too, but that all direct witnesses to this recently had been ‘silenced’ i.e. bribed or coerced to disappear.”


    Much of the dossier details alleged Russian attempts to give Trump sweetheart deals that he didn’t end up taking. “Trump’s previous efforts had included exploring the real estate sector in St. Petersburg as well as Moscow but in the end Trump had had to settle for the use of extensive sexual services there from local prostitutes rather than business success,” the unverified memo states.


    While the claims are unverified and from an alleged former spy turned private investigator, one journalist called it an “official intelligence report.”


    BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith made public an email he sent to staff about publishing the dossier, in which he admitted that there is “serious reason to doubt the allegations,” as reporters had been chasing down claims and weren’t able to confirm them.


    He added, “but publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.”


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    Okay, so let me get this straight. Some former British agent and Russians agents were paid by pro-Hillary and anti-Trump groups to dig up dirt on Trump and that seems to be fine with everyone in the FBI, CIA, CNN, Obama, etc., but Trump can't do the same thing to dig up dirt on Hillary??!! What kind of double-standard is this?!! So these morons think Trump could be black-mailed over having sex with prostitutes in Russia? Really?? Everyone who knows Trump at all would know you can't blackmail Donald Trump over sex stuff, financial stuff, or any other kind of stuff.

    4 intelligence leaders can't verify a meeting took place in Prague requiring someone from the US to fly there or take a boat, all of which requires a passport and visa entry into Czechovakia, carrying money? HONESTLY??

    Oh my God, how frigging stupid do you sore losers think we are??
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    Aside From ‘Golden Showers,’ Here’s The Trump-Russia Report’s 6 Allegations

    Tim McGovern in NEWS Jan 10, 2017 10:33pm LIKE US ON FACEBOOK BuzzFeed just published a dossier that people will be talking about for a long time to come.

    The unverified document claims Donald Trump hired sex workers to perform “golden showers” on a bed in Moscow’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, the same bed President Obama and Michelle Obama once slept in.

    It also claims Russia has proof of this sexual act as blackmail against the president-elect. However, in its 35 pages, the dossier, allegedly gathered by a former British intelligence officer, contains much graver implications if true.

    Here’s the 6 most insane things we’ve learned.

    1. Putin on the Ritz! By now, we all know everything in Trump’s home is probably entirely made of gold. Who knew that included showers? I kid, I kid…

    As aforementioned, the dossier claims that not only did Trump allegedly “employ” sex workers to urinate on a bed at the Ritz Carlton, it was all done to get back at the Obamas.

    It also alleges Russia would be able to blackmail Trump with this.

    2. Trump-Putin cooperation

    The dossier contains allegations that claim Trump not only accepted help from Putin, but also cooperated with the agents of the Kremlin, including staff based within the United States.

    The dossier also claims Trump spied on Russian oligarchs and their families in the US.

    Furthermore, it purports Trump’s team and the Kremlin had allegedly been exchanging intelligence “for at least 8 years.”

    3. The Putin regime’s support for Trump goes back at least 5 years ago.

    In addition, it claims Trump accepted intel on Democratic and political rivals.

    4. Trump’s Anti-NATO stance The dossier alleges Trump, under Russian influence, reportedly agreed to Russia’s anti-NATO stance to “deflect attention away from Ukraine.” Once again, this is all unverified.

    5. “GINA!” In one of the pages of the report, it reads, Commenting on the negative media publicity surrounding alleged Russian interference in the US election campaign in support of TRUMP, Source E said he understood that the Republican candidate and his team were relatively relaxed about this because it deflected media and the Democrats’ attention away from TRUMP’s business dealings in China and other emerging markets.

    Unlike in Russia, these were substantial and involved the payment of large bribes and kickbacks which, were they to become public, would be potentially very damaging to their campaign.

    The dossier claims Trump has had even more compromising ties (including bribes and kickbacks) to other countries, especially China.

    6. “Extensive sexual services” Trump, never to walk away empty-handed, reportedly settled for prostitutes when his attempts to venture into Moscow and St. Petersburg’s real estate did not come to fruition:

    Finally, regarding TRUMP’s claimed minimal investment profile in Russia, a separate source with direct knowledge said this had not been for want of trying.

    TRUMP’s previous efforts had included exploring the real estate sector in St Petersburg as well as Moscow but in the end TRUMP had had to settle for the use of extensive sexual services from local prostitutes rather than business success.

    Well, at least, he’s keeping his business local.

    Hey, IT WAS JUST A JOKE, OK? THIS IS ALL SO HEAVY.


    Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/golden-sh...tions/1748748/
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    LOL!!!! This just gets funnier as it goes on. There is no country on the planet hit as hard by Donald Trump than China. Trump has been hitting at China every day of his campaign during both the primary and the general election. This is not what a man does who is afraid of being black-mailed over "bribes" in China?
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