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BREAKING NEWS: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

4:36 pm - 01/10/2017
Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
One reason the nation's intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was 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, multiple sources tell CNN.

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, several officials with knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, "It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government -- a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States."

CNN has confirmed that the synopsis was included in the documents that were presented to Mr. Trump but cannot confirm if it was discussed in his meeting with the intelligence chiefs.

The Trump transition team declined repeated requests for comment.

CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos, from which the two-page synopsis was drawn. The memos originated as opposition research, first commissioned by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats. At this point, CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations. But, in preparing this story, CNN has spoken to multiple high ranking intelligence, administration, congressional and law enforcement officials, as well as foreign officials and others in the private sector with direct knowledge of the memos.

Some of the memos were circulating as far back as last summer. What has changed since then is that US intelligence agencies have now checked out the former British intelligence operative and his vast network throughout Europe and find him and his sources to be credible enough to include some of the information in the presentations to the President and President-elect a few days ago.

On the same day that the President-elect was briefed by the intelligence community, the top four Congressional leaders, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees -- the so-called "Gang of Eight" -- were also provided a summary of the memos regarding Mr. Trump, according to law enforcement, intelligence and administration sources.

The two-page summary was written without the detailed specifics and information about sources and methods included in the memos by the former British intelligence official. That said, the synopsis was considered so sensitive it was not included in the classified report about Russian hacking that was more widely distributed, but rather in an annex only shared at the most senior levels of the government: President Obama, the President-elect, and the eight Congressional leaders.

CNN has also learned that on December 9, Senator John McCain gave a full copy of the memos -- dated from June through December, 2016 -- to FBI Director James Comey. McCain became aware of the memos from a former British diplomat who had been posted in Moscow. But the FBI had already been given a set of the memos compiled up to August 2016, when the former MI6 agent presented them to an FBI official in Rome, according to national security officials.

The raw memos on which the synopsis is based were prepared by the former MI6 agent, who was posted in Russia in the 1990s and now runs a private intelligence gathering firm. His investigations related to Mr. Trump were initially funded by groups and donors supporting Republican opponents of Mr. Trump during the GOP primaries, multiple sources confirmed to CNN. Those sources also said that once Mr. Trump became the nominee, further investigation was funded by groups and donors supporting Hillary Clinton.

Spokespeople for the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. Officials who spoke to CNN declined to do so on the record given the classified nature of the material.

Some of the allegations were first reported publicly in Mother Jones one week before the election.

One high level administration official told CNN, "I have a sense the outgoing administration and intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down. I think [the] concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated as it should be and acted upon as necessary."

eveofrevolution 11th-Jan-2017 12:48 am (UTC)
Could you please put in line breaks? Right now it's kind of one big wall o' text. Thanks!
2_on 11th-Jan-2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Heh, way ahead of ya! I just did it. I'm so excited by this news that I was in a rush to make a post.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 01:01 am (UTC)
yeaaah here's the problem

You say Trump gets compromised and impeach him

We get Mike Pence
2_on 11th-Jan-2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Okay? Better him than Trump. Trump is unstable and has no clue what he's doing.
2_on 11th-Jan-2017 01:02 am (UTC)

-Russians have really damaging personal and financial info about Trump
-there was a lot of communication between Trump surrogates and Russia before the election
-Russia has been bending over backwards to dismiss any claims that Russia hacked or influenced the election and continues to praise Putin


Now all they need to do is find evidence Trump knew about it beforehand and they can impeach him. Obama is laying the groundwork for a full investigation into this and some of the 8 highest level members of Congress are interested.

James Comey has had this info for months and he decided to just sit on it and instead send out a letter about Hillary Clinton's emails RME

Buzzfeed claims to have the 25 page memo and it's BAD. Here's a link:

eveofrevolution 11th-Jan-2017 01:07 am (UTC)
So apparently there's some salacious shit in this leak...

2_on 11th-Jan-2017 01:11 am (UTC)
I just read that WTF LOL.

There were rumors a while ago that apparently when Trump would visit Russia they would set him up with underage girls (like 13 yrs old) and reocrd it to blackmail him with. Now I really believe it.
amyura 11th-Jan-2017 01:25 am (UTC)
So, like.....is impeachment the only way a sitting president can be held accountable for anything? Are they still subject to the law, and charges under federal and DC statutes for any illegal acts?

Cause this is WAY worse than getting a blow job from a (consenting, adult) intern.
lightframes 11th-Jan-2017 01:39 am (UTC)
Is the House really going to do that, though? I don't believe Republicans really care about the law anymore. :/
mhfromnh 11th-Jan-2017 01:50 am (UTC)
I'd like to point out that the penalty for treason is death.
2_on 11th-Jan-2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh my!
chaya 11th-Jan-2017 02:10 am (UTC)
what is even happening anymor
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 02:34 am (UTC)
evildevil 11th-Jan-2017 04:43 am (UTC)
No, he wont get impeached. His hardcore fans are his firewall and the GOP are a bunch of cowards so they will toe Trump's line, not the Party line. Also the Dems are so stupid on messaging and attacking they will fumble, even if they try on attacking him to the point of sounding like sore losers, which is the biggest danger for them.

While the sex scandal and racist aspect is awful, this is Trump we are talking about, this Orange monster was still elected even after all the scandals. And the blackmail angle from Russia, if they can find strong evidence of it, it better be good. Whoever is investigating better have some really good and strong evidence to topple Trump, and not some hearsay, otherwise it will not work on convincing the people.

Edited at 2017-01-11 04:46 am (UTC)
mhfromnh 11th-Jan-2017 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not very trusting of wikileaks since they've shown their biases.
naotmaa 11th-Jan-2017 06:43 am (UTC)
buzzfeed pointed out that there are errors in this report in regards to spelling and geography. None of the claims have been substantiated yet, trump's lawyer has come forward and denied ever visiting with Russians in Prague, etc. So this might still be a take this with a grain of salt scenario, unfortunately.
ohmiya_sg 11th-Jan-2017 06:46 am (UTC)
I assumed this was not even reliable, or it would have been published sooner.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 12:14 pm (UTC)
Guys don't get too excited.

As I was surfing the Internet... 4chan, specifically /pol/, is taking credit for the information in the memo.

/pol/ is the fifth circle of hell, but it ain't Russia.
mimblexwimble 11th-Jan-2017 02:01 pm (UTC)
Meaning that 4chan planted information that fooled top intelligence chiefs?
bnmc2005 11th-Jan-2017 03:39 pm (UTC)
This from the NYT:

~~~~ begin quote ~~~~
The decision of top intelligence officials to give the president, the president-elect and the so-called Gang of Eight — Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress and the intelligence committees — what they know to be unverified, defamatory material was extremely unusual.

The appendix summarized opposition research memos prepared mainly by a retired British intelligence operative for a Washington political and corporate research firm. The firm was paid for its work first by Mr. Trump’s Republican rivals and later by supporters of Mrs. Clinton. The Times has checked on a number of the details included in the memos but has been unable to substantiate them.
~~~~ end quote ~~~~

Even if this is someone trolling Trump. I'm happy about it. They've been muddying the waters for years and bringing FAKE ASS SHIT against Clinton, wasting SO MUCH time and money to delegitimize her career.

So what's good for the goose...
4o5pastmidnight 12th-Jan-2017 05:30 am (UTC)
I saw this on Twitter earlier, and it about fucking killed me:

bnmc2005 11th-Jan-2017 03:45 pm (UTC)
I'm more interested in the FBI angle and Comey getting some Damn Heat on his ass.

It IS substantiated that they had these memos and other intel before the election - but Comey chose to ignore it and go after Clinton instead pof answering ANYthing to this stuff, apparently.

If Comey claims it's because the intel was not legit enough, well since whenis that an excuse not to confirm or deny that it's legit at all? He had no business talking about Clinton either. That was not a legit excuse to do what he did either.

naotmaa 11th-Jan-2017 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yup! Even if this dossier is 100% false, it still reveals the Comey was being very choosey in the information he chose to pursue and the info he chose to ignore.
sugartitty 11th-Jan-2017 07:03 pm (UTC)
so it is fake? Lord why I have to get my hopes up only to have them crushed over and over again
grace_om 11th-Jan-2017 08:04 pm (UTC)
The stories are plausible, given #putinspumpkin's words and deeds. But honestly, I don't even care if it's all just a salacious conspiracy theory. No one is more deserving of being the subject of rumors.

Sweet, sweet karma.
sabrinita 12th-Jan-2017 01:15 am (UTC)
A taste of his own medicine?
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