Report: Russians Claim to Have Blackmail Info on Trump

Including 'perverted sexual acts' and cooperation between campaign and Kremlin
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Report: Russians Claim to Have Blackmail Info on Trump
President-elect Donald Trump gets on an elevator after speaking with reporters at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CNN is reporting on bombshell classified documents presented to Donald Trump and President Obama last week. The intelligence documents allege that Russian operatives have—or at least claim to have—compromising information, both financial and personal, on Trump. The documents have been circulating since before the election—Mother Jones actually reported on them in October—and took on "a kind of legendary status among journalists, lawmakers, and intelligence officials," according to BuzzFeed. US intelligence officials have now investigated the former British intelligence operative behind a lot of the information, as well his sources, and determined them to be credible. The FBI is investigating, and intelligence agencies want Trump to know that these allegations are out there.

The details inside the documents haven't been verified, but BuzzFeed has published the documents in whole "so that Americans can make up their own minds." The documents claim Russia has been "cultivating, supporting, and assisting" Trump for years. They state Trump surrogates and Russian government intermediaries met continuously to exchange information during the campaign and that Trump accepted intelligence on political rivals from the Kremlin. The documents also state that Russian operatives claim to have enough dirt to blackmail Trump, including "perverted sexual acts" recorded by Russian intelligence. The Trump campaign has not commented on the documents. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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