Russia has no ‘compromising’ Trump informatio

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The Kremlin has denied claims that Russian intelligence agencies have obtained compromising material about Donald Trump.

The Kremlin spokesman said the allegations were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”.

The unsubstantiated claims say Russia has information about the US president-elect involving prostitutes. They also say his presidential campaign secretly communicated with Moscow.

Mr Trump has condemned the reports.

The president-elect tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

Mr Trump is due to hold a news conference on Wednesday, nine days before he takes office.

It was meant to be about his attempts to separate himself from his business commitments, to address concerns about conflicts of interest.

Last week, US intelligence agencies released an unclassified report  saying Russia ran a hacking campaign to influence the US presidential elections.

Separate reports circulating in US media now say Moscow has damaging information about the president-elect’s business interests and salacious video evidence of his private life.

Putin and Trump masks

Among the claims included in the reports are that Trump aides were involved with the alleged Russian hack of the Democratic Party of his rival Hillary Clinton.

Michael Cohen, a lawyer to Mr Trump named in the memos, has denied a specific claim that he went to Prague in August or September 2016 to meet Kremlin representatives to talk about the hacking.

“I’ve never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews” he weeted.

US media suggest the videos were prepared as “kompromat” – compromising material collected about a politician or public figure in order to create a threat of negative publicity, if needed.

How this came to light

The US intelligence agencies reportedly presented the information – a two-page synopsis – to the president-elect, to President Barack Obama and to congressional leaders last week,   CNN frist reported

It allegedly refers to documents said to have been compiled for Mr Trump’s political enemies by a former British intelligence agent, CNN and  the new york times say. CNN frist reported.

Past work by this operative was considered by US intelligence to be credible, the reports add.

The original intention was to derail Mr Trump’s candidacy, they say.

The allegations began circulating in political and media circles in recent weeks. The document was published in full by Buzzfeed on Wednesday.

Several material inaccuracies have been highlighted in the files.

The BBC has not verified the claims.

The US intelligence community has not said anything.

What we know already about Russia hacking claims

In recent weeks, Mr Trump has been under pressure to concur with the findings of US spy agencies who say Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails during the presidential campaign.

They say the order came from the Kremlin to sway the election for Mr Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

But so far he has failed to explicitly agree with the conclusions of the intelligence services.

And he has condemned those who oppose good relations with Russia as “fools”.

Russia has denied any involvement in the hacks and accused the US of conducting a witch-hunt.

BBC

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