Kremlin has denied the claim that its intelligence agencies have compromising material about Donald Trump.
The spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov said that the allegations were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations.”
The unverified claims say that there was a secret communication between Moscow and President-elect’s campaign, it also says that Russia has information about Mr. Trump involving prostitutes.
The report has been condemned by Mr. Trump, “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” he said in a tweet.
Mr. Trump is due to hold a press conference today (Wednesday), less than ten days before he takes office. The news conference was supposed to address concerns about conflicts of interest and separating himself from his business commitments.
An unclassified report released by the U.S. intelligence agencies last week claimed that Russia ran the hacking campaign to influence the U.S. presidential elections.
Different reports in the U.S. media are now circulating which state that Russia has damaging information about Mr. Trump’s business, and a salacious video evidence of President-elect’s personal life.
One of the claims in the reports say that Trump aides were involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party carried out by Russia. Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen has been named in the memos, which claims that he visited Prague in August or September to meet the representatives from Kremlin and talk about hacking, a claim he denied in a tweet:
“I’ve never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews”
The media suggest that the videos have been prepared as “kompromat” – compromising material collected about a public figure or a politician to use against him by creating a threat of negative publicity.
How did the report come about?
CNN first reported that a two-page synopsis had been presented to President-elect, President Obama, and senior congressional leaders by U.S. intelligence agencies. The summary allegedly refers to documents prepared by a British intelligence agent to help Mr. Trump’s political enemies.
The reports add that previous work by this operative has been considered as credible by U.S. intelligence and the original aim of the documents was to derail Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
The allegations started circulating in the media and political circles in recent weeks. The complete version of the report was published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.
Several material inaccuracies have been highlighted in the files. The U.S. intelligence communities have not commented on the report.
What do we know about Russia Hacking Claims?
Mr. Trump has come under pressure in recent weeks to concur with the findings of the U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia initiated the hacking of the Democratic Party emails during the election to sway the election in favor of Trump, but so far he has not explicitly agreed with the conclusions. He also went on to call the people who oppose good relations with Russia as “fools.” Russia has been adamant in its refusal about any involvement in the hacking and accuses U.S. of conducting a witch-hunt.