For No Reason, Trump Descends Into Crazy Twitter Rant Against U.S. Intel… Again
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning revived his attack on the U.S. intelligence community, blaming it —once again— for leaking a report containing compromising and salacious allegations about him to the media and citing the Russian government as proof that the dossier’s allegations are false.
Trump raged against his political opponents and the intelligence community, calling the 35-page dossier “phony” and said it included “totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives.”
“It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued,” Trump tweeted. “Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans — FAKE NEWS!”
He continued: “Russia says nothing exists. Probably released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!”
The report, which had circulated for months among government officials and media institutions, was published Tuesday evening in full by BuzzFeed, which cautioned that the information it contained was unverified and included multiple errors. BuzzFeed’s decision to publish that report came on the same day that CNN reported that a summary of it had been included in briefings delivered to both the president-elect and President Barack Obama.
But Trump continued to blame the intelligence community for leaking the report despite assurances from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who took the unusual step on Wednesday of releasing a statement reading out a phone call he placed to Trump. In that readout, Clapper said he told Trump that he didn’t believe the intelligence community was behind the leak, has not made a judgment about the veracity of the report published by BuzzFeed and that such leaks are “extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.”