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Vicens writes: "America's top intelligence officials have briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on allegations that Russian operatives 'claim to have compromising personal and financial information' about Trump, CNN reported Tuesday evening."

President-elect Donald J. Trump at a 'thank you' rally in Michigan in December. (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)
President-elect Donald J. Trump at a 'thank you' rally in Michigan in December. (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)


The FBI Is Investigating Allegations That Russia Has Compromising Information on Trump

By AJ Vicens, Mother Jones

11 January 17

 

Mother Jones first reported on these allegations before the election.

merica's top intelligence officials have briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on allegations that Russian operatives "claim to have compromising personal and financial information" about Trump, CNN reported Tuesday evening. According to the network, these allegations were included in a two-page memo that was appended to the intelligence community's assessment that concluded that Russia had hacked political targets during the US presidential election in order to benefit Donald Trump. From CNN:

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.

In late October, Mother Jones' David Corn first reported that a former Western counterintelligence official with nearly two decades of experience on "Russian intelligence matters" had been assigned the task of looking into Trump's dealings with Russia as part of an opposition research effort initially funded by a Republican donor. This official was so alarmed by what he discovered that he passed the intelligence to the FBI. As Corn reported:

"It started off as a fairly general inquiry," says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, "there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit."

This was, the former spy remarks, "an extraordinary situation." He regularly consults with US government agencies on Russian matters, and near the start of July on his own initiative—without the permission of the US company that hired him—he sent a report he had written for that firm to a contact at the FBI, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates, who asked not to be identified. (He declines to identify the FBI contact.) The former spy says he concluded that the information he had collected on Trump was "sufficiently serious" to share with the FBI.

Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer's conversations with Russian sources, noted, "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance." It maintained that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals." It claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him." It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."

In Mother Jones' original report, we did not publish the memos drafted by the intelligence official or cite specific details from the documents because the allegations could not be confirmed. After the CNN report was published, at least one other news outlet posted the memos.

Trump has yet to respond to the CNN report. According to the network, the President-elect's transition team is preparing to issue a statement.

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+42 # elizabethblock 2017-01-11 10:21
It boggles the mind to contemplate what information the Kremlin might have about Trump that is worse than what we know already, and indeed than what he has boasted about.
I await more revelations with bated breath.
 
 
+17 # wipster 2017-01-11 11:03
While this investigation is still being conducted, the inauguration cannot be conducted... it would not be fair to the American people to swear in as POTUS someone who could then stop the investigation! This must be resolved before Trump is inaugurated, otherwise if it is true and he is found guilty of treason, he then would be replaced with Pence, a VP who conceivably would be an even worse POTUS and who the American people did not vote for to be President.
 
 
+2 # Kiwikid 2017-01-12 00:28
While you say the American people did not vote for Pence, there is a sense that they did - they knew it always had to be an option. I can think of it happening once in my lifetime - Johnson. Ford, interestingly enough, was not elected to be either President or Vice President - your criticism would be valid of him, not of Pence. When your people vote for the President, you vote for the total package. Like it or not, Pence is part of that package.
 
 
+13 # bardphile 2017-01-11 11:23
Right. No matter what content emerges from this or how solid the source, his core supporters will continue to enjoy the outrage of the rest of us. The bar is so low that nothing can damage him, even among the evangelicals and family-values conservatives that put him in office. Eventually the bubble boy elect will run into reality and his supporters will realize the extent of their folly.

Or not.
 
 
0 # CL38 2017-01-12 20:07
I doubt this information will be released to the public. Read wipster's comments below!

Our political system and government are under the control of the 1%, who seemingly want what Trump will do for them, as "President".
 
 
-4 # Tigre1 2017-01-11 10:58
Stop indulging in unreal imaginary hopes and fears. Yes, the Shitgibbon Brothers have ridden on the shoulders of Joseph Stalin and the money he gave to Fred Koch in the 30's, which was invested in various so-called-conse rvative think tanks and media outlets.

Usurpers show up in every generation. Fun, huh? you'll EARN being American citizens, I bet. And you are NOT ready.
 
 
-14 # HowardMH 2017-01-11 11:01
Why hasn't Obama the Wimp requested the Justice Dept. open an investigation on this?
 
 
-3 # Robbee 2017-01-11 18:21
Quoting HowardMH:
Why hasn't Obama the Wimp requested the Justice Dept. open an investigation on this?

- "those that knows won't tell" - the mayor - do the right thing - spike lee
 
 
+1 # JJS 2017-01-13 19:16
Because the Senate Intelligence Committee has launched a bipartisan investigation into Russian election hacking and any connections between Russia and any members of campaigns. President Obama does not want to duplicate effort and waste taxpayer's dollars.
 
 
+17 # m... 2017-01-11 11:08
No matter what may or may not be in the hands of the Russians that could be used as leverage over Mr. Trump.., that there is some degree of consensus among Intelligence Agencies that its possible they do have 'something(s)'. ., how can we seriously continue to proceed with the inauguration in just a few days with this floating like a dark cloud over everything..?
This is a serious matter of both National Defense AND National Integrity..!
This needs to be cleared up first, one way or the other.
How can we go marching lockstep into an inauguration of a President-elect with such serious allegations hanging over his head.
I mean hell..!! Trump himself ranted constantly just a few months ago about how Clinton should not even have been allowed to run for President with far less serious allegations hanging over her head.
Whatever is really going on behind close Intelligence Doors--- its out here in the real world circulating as some very serious News the entire nation is now dealing with as the Inauguration approaches.
I don't know if Obama has the power.., or even the clackers to stand up to the most certain shit storm that would follow, but if he can, he should seriously consider postponing this Inauguration in the interest of National Security. Even if it creates a Constitutional crises in the process.
As I read what's out there, this where it leaves me standing on the matter today.
I hope none of this is true. But what if it is..?
 
 
+5 # pro54 2017-01-11 19:46
"Whatever is really going on behind close Intelligence Doors--- its out here in the real world circulating as some very serious News the entire nation is now dealing with as the Inauguration approaches."

Planning a coup against the president elect.
 
 
+7 # oakes721 2017-01-11 11:35
'
Russian roulette?
.
 
 
+11 # tedrey 2017-01-11 12:26
Another heresy crosses my mind, that in the same way that anything that makes the US government look bad is quickly buried under security classifications , so is anything that might look Russia or Purin look reasonable or innocent.
 
 
+21 # RWP 2017-01-11 12:27
For perspective see Greenwald piece in the Intercept today. Sobering thoughts before joining the hysteria.
 
 
+12 # harleysch 2017-01-11 14:37
Yes, for God's sake, now the lemmings are calling for cancelling the inauguration, based on a story laundered through British intelligence (the source of this story is a British intel operative).

Does anyone remember the hysteria drummed up by the Repubs against Bill Clinton over the report that he was recruited by the Russians during a youthful trip to Moscow?

There are serious issues which must be addressed, including whether or not we will work with Russia against ISIS, about whether the Euro will survive, about the drive from the usual Wall St. suspects to privatize Social Security and shut down Medicare, can we break up the Too Big to Fail banks with Glass Steagall -- why don't we get focused on these, instead of chasing around Deep State-concocted psychological war exercises aimed at disorienting those who should be focused on a fight for a real future?
 
 
+5 # Jaax88 2017-01-11 16:25
I agree we have many serious issues for the politicians to resolve. But your suggestion to overlook potentially serious national security matters is incorrect. There is smoke there, the America people need to know if there is any fire that could harm our personal and national interests.

Instead of trump blustering around with not believable denials, he needs to talk and I do not mean tweeting his one sided story. At the least this situation is one of his own making by being the world's greatest liar. Thus the majority of Americans will not take his denials at face value, unless they can't see, hear or think. It seems to me trump is like a great whale stranded on a beach at high tide and has to await the tide to go out
and in which could kill or at least diminish that animal.
 
 
0 # harleysch 2017-01-11 16:40
One quote from Greenwald's article cited by RWP is relevant and worth thinking about, related the pro-CIA turn taken by this site: In their obsessive hysteria against Putin and Trump's opening to Russia, "...craving Deep State rule is exactly what prominent Democratic operatives and media figures are doing."
 
 
+8 # mashiguo 2017-01-11 17:31
wasn't it supposed to be 'british intelligence' who gave us the gift of the yellow cake story?
 
 
+5 # lfeuille 2017-01-11 18:27
There is no legal basis for cancelling the inauguration. Obama is no longer president after Jan 20. Someone has to be President. There is no provision in the constitution for an interim president and there is not time for a constitutional amendment. What the hell do they think they are doing?
 
 
+5 # librarian1984 2017-01-11 21:04
Certainly this has to be some of the most reckless behavior ever undertaken by the CIA. Something major is going on within the community and we're expected to be quiet except to plqy our part.
 
 
-1 # Jaax88 2017-01-11 21:55
I believe the Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency.
 
 
+2 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-12 02:26
Quoting Jaax88:
I believe the Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency.

Aargh between the frying pan and the fire!
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2017-01-12 20:29
This is the link to Greenwald's very cogent article.

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/11/the-deep-state-goes-to-war-with-president-elect-using-unverified-claims-as-dems-cheer/
 
 
+14 # mashiguo 2017-01-11 13:40
"It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."

...and you can be sure they have information on Obama, and Bush I, Bush II and anyone else associated with the US Government.

SOP. period.
This reeks of an attempt at a bloodless coup.
I wonder if there will be blood if it fails?
 
 
+13 # wtd 2017-01-11 14:01
Please people, take a deep breath. You're hyperventilatin g. One of the "sources" for the golden shower was a spoof published on 4CHAN. The FBI is investigating because Sen. McCain asked them to. It is still unverifiable gossip from an anonymous source, at least some of which is provably false.
 
 
+5 # Majikman 2017-01-11 18:32
Antidote: Go on utube and do a marathon of Ray McGovern.
 
 
+2 # mashiguo 2017-01-11 21:19
Great stuff!
Thanks.
 
 
-5 # Jaax88 2017-01-11 18:53
What about the claim from the British ambassador that some unnamed person gave
WikiLeaks the Demo hacked material. Did you and many people here say that "It is still unverifiable gossip from an anonymous source..." I did not read that.
 
 
0 # pro54 2017-01-11 19:40
People here said it should be taken into consideration before accepting the goods the known liars, the CIA and sore losers were selling the public.
 
 
+13 # lsd 2017-01-11 14:21
Is this related to pissgate? It's kind of confusing at this point with all the Russian hacking, Russian hookers, Russians urinating, Russian poisoning, Russian power plant control, Russian mind control, Russian __________. Seems like it could be fake news, but could be real fake news or maybe fake fake news, or some derivative there of.
 
 
+18 # PrimateofCarp 2017-01-11 14:55
Doesn't the FBI collect compromising info on all US politicians, starting with Edgar Hoover? And isn't that how they always got a pass from Presidents and Congress for their misdeeds and budget requests? Bet The FBI has a lot more dirt than the Russians.
 
 
+11 # librarian1984 2017-01-11 15:08
"the allegations could not be confirmed"

This is remarkable -- that Buzzfeed and CNN would report this and that anyone would believe it when the source is so wonky. Just because people want it to be true doesn't make it so. This proves the left is just as prone to buying fake news that fits the narrative they want to hear.

This could very well be the intel agencies blackmailimg Trump themselves.

What is most astonishing is that the intelligence agencies would let this kind of information out! They have declared war on Donald Trump. I hope he breaks them into a thousand pieces.

The problem with this kind of trash is that when something REAL happens, no one will believe it. Except the people who want to.
 
 
+1 # candida 2017-01-13 04:40
You really are a diehard, librarian. I don't get the idea that you read or view the RSN material very well. Firstly, what Buzzfeed and CNN have reported are quite different, contrary to what you imply.

CNN is much more conservative, reporting only about the EXISTENCE of the intelligence report and its contents only in the vaguest of terms. CNN makes clear (as do other news reports about this) that the report DID NOT originate with US intelligence agencies but was turned over to them by TWO SEPARATE and independent parties (not just one source, as you state. Not sure what you mean by "wonky" as the usual meaning of this term doesn't apply or make sense in this context).

Buzzfeed, on the other hand, published the leaked intelligence report (again, not from US intel agencies) in its ENTIRETY virtually UNREDACTED. It reads like a Wikileaks dump. (I'm sure you'll enjoy it given your esteem for Wikileaks.) ALL sources, including Buzzfeed, are saying the info in the report is presently unverified.

Given the established facts surrounding the report, it's: 1) quite easy to imagine someone outside US intel agencies leaked it, and 2) a pretty wild and non-sensical accusation that intel agencies could be "blackmailing Trump themselves." And why is a British former intel agent turned opposition researcher so "outlandish"? Sounds perfectly credible!

Buzzfeed's leak now makes the info public domain for the world to verify or not. Let's wait and see.
 
 
+14 # librarian1984 2017-01-11 15:21
These claims are incredible and have not been corroborated. The stories have been circulating for several months but no journalist has been able to verify it.

The source is outlandish -- an ex-Bristish intelligence agent who did opposition research for Republicans and seems to be the only person in the world with this information?

Buzzfeed is understandable, I guess. They are less 'reputable'. That CNN ran it is astonishing and takes them another step closer to irrelevance.
 
 
0 # pro54 2017-01-11 19:37
"That CNN ran it is astonishing and takes them another step closer to irrelevance."

AKA, Trump derangement syndrome.
 
 
-1 # Jaax88 2017-01-12 00:21
I think you have it wrong at this point. Why not give the story a chance to develop. America, all of us deserves that, especially in view of the questionable nature of trump's character. Those who would resist that simple need not to rush this thing through to a false judgment must support trump very much.
 
 
+2 # candida 2017-01-13 04:54
Quoting librarian1984:
These claims are incredible and have not been corroborated. The stories have been circulating for several months but no journalist has been able to verify it.


I'm not sure what motivates you more: a blind (but very understandable) hatred for US intel agencies or a belief (fantasy) you have stated elsewhere that Trump can do some good in the world, like break up the US intel apparatus or become an anti-imperialis t.

The difficult trick is to not allow blind hatred/anger lead you to become a reactionary who is no longer able (or willing) to see the many shades of grey.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2017-01-11 15:52
"Lock her up, lock her up, lock her up." So they chanted last fall.

But, the gods seeking revenge, respond, "Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up."
 
 
+5 # Jaax88 2017-01-11 17:49
I do not see why the American people need to endure this crap on account of trump. At the least his administration will be plagued to scandal or reputed scandal. That is not going to do America any good. You cannot say this is all the media's fault or the Demo's fault as they have it in for trump and are poor sports. Trump has a mess of his own making and if past is prologue trump will leave Americans holding the bag. He did that repeatedly by multiple bankruptcies and stiffing many, many people working for him. He has a fixed mentality. "Look out for number one and money first."
 
 
0 # pro54 2017-01-11 19:36
Another Trump derangement syndrome story. Normally skeptical people now believe whatsoever that is spread against Trump. People wasting energies and credibility that will be needed for the real havoc that is coming.
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2017-01-11 20:20
Trump has not even been inaugurated yet and controveries swirl all around him. There is the dispute with the intelligence agencies, the fight over Russian involvement in our election process, the charge that he helped Russian oligarchs laundry money, the question of whether he is fairly putting aside his assets.

Coming soon will be even bigger battles: his stand on global warming, the Paris accords, the use of coal and hydrocarbons and the construction of pipelines at Standing Rock and, now, Pecos River. Add to this a possible trade war with China and Trump has a full plate indeed. I don't think his tweets will provide too many solutions.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-12 02:30
He is certainly NOT putting 'aside' his assets. Giving control of his business interests to his sons is NOT PLACING THEM IN A BLIND TRUST, under any stretch of the imagination!
 
 
0 # Jaax88 2017-01-12 12:47
I think you have it wrong at this point. Why not give the story a chance to develop. America, all of us deserves that, especially in view of the questionable nature of trump's character. Those who would resist that simple need not to rush this thing through to a false judgment must support trump very much.
 
 
+1 # sharag 2017-01-14 10:56
I'm no Trump supporter, far from it, but the US intelligence agencies have been doing to numerous other countries, what they claim Russia is doing to the US. Maybe it's true, maybe it's not, but who can believe these guys? Our intelligence agencies lie to us at every breath. They play the game of King maker with everything they do and will use every trick they know to discredit Trump or anyone else that is not in their club. They live in a swamp. The whole thing from Trump to Hillary, both the GoP and the DP and the intelligence agencies is disgusting.
 

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