Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Putin rides to the rescue

CNN reports that Russia denies having compromising material on Donald Trump.

The Kremlin denied it has compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump, describing the allegations as “pulp fiction”.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said reports that Trump was the subject of “Kompromat” – a Russian term for compromising information intended to be used against someone – were an “attempt to harm our bilateral relationship.”

But the issue now at hand is about communications between Trump, his associates, and the Russians.

CNN reported Tuesday that intelligence officials last week presented Barack Obama and Trump with a two-page synopsis of memos about the President-elect compiled by a former British intelligence official.

Multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN that the synopsis included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

It also contained allegations of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.

At a senate hearing on Tuesday, [FBI Director] Comey refused to comment on whether the agency was investigating any potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Peskov, as far as I can tell, did not comment on those “potential communications” either.

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