Last week eight intelligence agencies sat down with President Obama and later on President-elect Trump to let them know that Russia had indeed intervened in the election to help the Republican nominee win.
CNN has just now reported that they also gave information to both Obama and Trump that Russian operatives are claiming to have “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
“The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. 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.”
“The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.”
On the same day that Obama and Trump received the information, the so-called “Gang of Eight”, which includes the top four Congressional leaders, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, were also informed on the matter.
According to CNN, “The two-page summary was written without the detailed specifics and information about sources and methods included in the memos by the former British intelligence official. That said, the synopsis was considered so sensitive it was not included in the classified report about Russian hacking that was more widely distributed, but rather in an annex only shared at the most senior levels of the government: President Obama, the President-elect, and the eight Congressional leaders.”
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
The Trump transition team has declined to comment on these allegations.
Russia having this kind of information on Trump could mean that they could blackmail him once he becomes president. Although we don’t know for sure if these allegations are true.