Russian spies hold blackmail material on Donald Trump, former spy claims


Russian spies hold blackmail material on Donald Trump, former spy claims
  1. Russian spies hold blackmail material on Donald Trump, former spy claims
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    Donald Trump has been forced to deny allegations that Russian agents hold compromising personal, financial and political material about…
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Just a week before he takes office, Donald Trump has been forced to deny allegations that Russian agents hold compromising personal, financial and political material about him, and that during a five-year effort to cultivate him Russia supplied his campaign with information about his political rivals.

Mr Trump dismissed the claims, sending a tweet just as President Barack Obama commenced his farewell speech in Chicago saying: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"

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Donald Trump has rejected reports Russia collected compromising materials against him amid claims Vladimir Putin tried to undermine the presidential election in Trump's favour.

Both the president-elect and President Obama have been briefed on the unsubstantiated allegations that are contained in a dossier based in part on memos put together by a British former spy who compiled them on behalf of anti-Trump Republicans.

But it is understood the British source is well regarded in US intelligence circles, and that intelligence chiefs have taken the allegations seriously enough not only to brief both the outgoing and incoming presidents, but to pursue an investigation into them.

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Does Russia have compromising information on Donald Trump? Does Russia have compromising information on Donald Trump? Photo: AP

According to the dossier, a source told the British operative that Mr Trump's "unorthodox behaviour in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the [then] Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished".

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It has been widely reported that Senator John McCain, an outspoken anti-Moscow hawk who has been critical of Mr Trump's apparent warmth towards Russian leader Vladimir Putin, passed the dossier to the FBI last month. The Guardian has also reported that the FBI sought warrants to tap the phones of individuals in Mr Trump's …

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