11 Jan, 2017
Trump denies fresh Russia allegations
News has spread that the Russian Government holds damaging and personal information on Donald Trump, a claim which the President-elect has denied on Twitter as he accused the media of a "political witch hunt" against him.
During a classified briefing last week, US intelligence agencies told Mr Trump of an unverified but potentially damaging dossier that reportedly holds sufficient enough information to blackmail the President-elect. This apparently includes recordings of graphic sexual acts that were gathered when he visited Russia.
Without directly referencing the fresh allegations, Mr Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!".
Indeed, intelligence chiefs have been unable to verify the two-page memo but considered it as sufficiently dangerous enough to be included in a highly-classified report. The dossier forms part of a wider classified report into alleged interference by the Russians during the US election. Both the President-elect and President Barack Obama have been briefed on the findings.
As reported on Sky News, the potentially damaging dossier has been compiled mostly by someone claiming to be a former British MI6 agent - now working as a private consultant.
The President-elect is due to hold a news conference on Wednesday discussing his attempts to separate his business commitments from state issues for when he takes office on 20 January. However, it now appears as though that these fresh allegations will overshadow the scheduled news conference.
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