Skip to comments.Donald Trump Wasn't Told About Unverified Russia Dossier, Official Says
Posted on 01/11/2017 12:45:00 PM PST by Resettozero
President-elect Donald Trump was not told about unverified reports that Russia has compromising information on him during last week's intelligence briefing, according to a senior intelligence official with knowledge of preparations for the briefing.
A summary of the unverified reports was prepared as background material for the briefing, but not discussed during the meeting, the official said. During Trump's press conference Wednesday morning, the president-elect said he was made aware of the information "outside that meeting."
A 35-page memorandum published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday includes claims that the Russian government has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for five years even obtaining compromising information in an effort to blackmail him. The document, which was not prepared by the U.S. government, contains obvious errors. It was originally generated as part of opposition research by anti-Trump Republicans and then shopped by Democrats.
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Two U.S. officials told NBC News that materials prepared for Trump in advance of last week's intelligence briefing included damaging allegations from the memorandum unverified by American intelligence agencies about his dealings with the Russians.
Officials prepared a two-page summary of the memo for Trump's briefing Friday at Trump Tower in New York. The summary was an "annex," or addendum, included in the "supporting documents" that accompanied the classified briefing report.
While multiple officials say the summary was included in the material prepared for the briefers, the senior official told NBC News that the briefing was oral and no actual documents were left with the Trump team in New York. During the briefing, the president-elect was not briefed on the contents of the summary .
"Intel and law enforcement officials agree that none of the investigations have found any conclusive or direct link between Trump and the Russian government period," the senior official said.
According to the senior official, the two-page summary about the unsubstantiated material made available to the briefers was to provide context, should they need it, to draw the distinction for Trump between analyzed intelligence and unvetted "disinformation."
The briefers also had available to them unvetted "disinformation" about the Clinton Foundation, although that was not orally shared with Trump. The Russian government on Wednesday denied reports that it has compromising information about Trump, dismissing the claims as a "total hoax."
Amid increased interest in the dossier Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected all of the allegations out of hand. Trump later blamed intelligence agencies for allowing the dossier to leak, tweeting: "Are we living in Nazi Germany?"
"The Kremlin does not have compromising information about Trump," Peskov said, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS. "It's a total hoax, absolute fabrication and utter nonsense. The Kremlin does not collect compromising information."
Peskov also called the reports "pulp fiction."
Trump did not respond to the reports directly but sent a tweet appearing to refer to it on Tuesday night.
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 Early Wednesday, he sent several others that followed Peskov's comments.
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump has repeatedly cast doubt over findings by American intelligence officials that Russia interfered in the U.S. election with the aim of helping him win.
NBC News reported last week that the gulf between Trump and U.S. intelligence agencies had grown so wide that the two camps couldn't even agree on the scheduled date of a briefing Trump had been due to receive.
Peskov mentioned Trump's initial tweet, and went on to say that some people were "boosting the hysteria and go to any lengths to maintain this state of 'witch hunting.'"
Best. Election. EVER!
Trump gives CNN and Buzzfeed a “Golden Shower”
“... scheduled date of a briefing Trump had been due to receive...”
In 10 days, they’ll brief Trump when Trump says so...And they’ll give him ALL the info they have or they’ll have hell to pay...
There a whole bunch of FBI and Spooks who better have their resumes in circulation and their unemployment packets ready.
I love this kind of fake news. I really do. This whole thing is blowing up in the fake stream media right now, and the great thing about it is that publishing, republishing, and commentary about this fake report is going to completely finish off the credibility of the fake stream media because people will truly no longer know who to believe anymore.
AND whats happening now is exactly the predicable endpoint of the fake stream medias massive bias, massive lies, and massive omissions of the actual truth, namely finally wrecking their dwindling credibility on the shoals of absolute chaos.
and they believed it, anyways!..................
So they had the info, didnt brief Trump about it, but briefed the MEDIA?
So who is going to prison for a long long time?
The “occupation media” narrative is evolving. I’m always curious what the final meme will be. We know the anchor (lie) and now comes the spin.
They tried to “sand bag” him. This has blown up in their faces. They were promoting a hoax. It was a lie pushed by Senator John McCain who actually took it to his friends and fellow Trump haters at CIA. it has gone off like an IED on them!!
Yeah, the Oteam is still trying to play gotcha.
I don’t doubt in the slightest that Russia keeps the best bios it can on all significant American politicians. So does Washington on Russian politicians. It’s a commonplace.
Whatever is in Donald’s bio, however, sure seems to be making him and Vlad look like they are in a deep bromance. Imagine... both of them agree that fighting would be an utter waste. Have cats lain down with dogs?
I am hoping AT LEAST Johnny Mac.
However bad we imagined it to be, it's far worse. The intel agencies and their fellow travelers in the media, in politics, and among the global elite have functioned with a shadow global gov for years. What we've learned is that they'll go to extreme, unfathomable lengths to keep that control.
How did that despicable McCain get this fake intelligence summary? Are all materials that attack Trump automatically funneled to that reprobate? Then,like the tattle tale on the playground, he runs to the already discredited Feckless Bureau of Investigation with that fake information...so that he can be the hero again. He is beneath contempt and should be recalled by Arizonans for this shameful attempt to destroy Pres.Trump’s reputation.
Sarah Palin posted today on her Facebook page:
“*** And stay tuned for the next step in finally shooing away the pesky numbskulls in what was once “mainstream” media. Im going to do my part. Ill soon announce the most helpful, satisfying, exciting leap YOU can take with me as we help build Americas future together. ***”
Wonder what’s coming next.
Drain the swamp at the CIA, FBI and State Department.
The sooner, the better.
Yep. Or be prepared to gather Intel in Allepo.
I talked to the gal at the register of a lefty cafe that I sometimes visit (for the sake of the pretty decent food). They had a plate of cookies, some of which were “world peace cookies.” I mentioned to her just before parting, that nine out of ten times, a war means that some politician has screwed up. And that we need to watch our politicians carefully. She had the most quizzical look on her face... more lefties than you might think, know who was banging the war drums in the last few weeks, and it wasn’t Trump or Putin.
MSM credibility launches into negative territory.
You got that right G.
It’s “Hell To Pay” time.