President Obama hopes Donald Trump will “seriously” consider the latest allegations that Russian officials intended to compromise him by documenting his alleged “personal obsessions and sexual perversion.”
Obama was being interviewed by NBC’s Lester Holt just as news broke Tuesday evening that he and the President-elect recently received top-secret briefings on a 35-page dossier alleging that Russian operatives had been “cultivating” Trump since 2012 in order to turn him into a pro-Kremlin puppet.
“My hope is that this work will continue after I leave; that Congress in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports, that the President-elect and his administration — in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports — will take it seriously and now get to work reinforcing those mechanisms that we can use to protect our democracy,” Obama said, declining to go into details about the report, citing confidentiality concerns.
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway denied altogether that her boss had ever been briefed on the dossier, telling Seth Meyers Tuesday evening that “he is not aware of that.”
President Obama said he hopes Trump will “seriously” consider the latest allegations.
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The President-elect himself went on the offensive and blasted reports about the extensive document as examples of “FAKE NEWS.”
“A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Trump tweeted.
The document, allegedly compiled by a former British spy stationed in Russia in the 1990s, claims Kremlin officials caught Trump on video egging on prostitutes as they defiled a bed at a ritzy Moscow hotel in 2013.
President-elect Donald Trump called the allegations against him “A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
The disturbing piece of video, combined with evidence of Trump supposedly participating in sex parties in St. Petersburg, was then allegedly used by officials to coax the President-elect into working on their behalf.
A spokeswoman for the Trump team did not return numerous requests for comment on the damning allegations Tuesday evening.
The report comes as both Republicans and Democrats are lambasting Trump for refusing to fully accept the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election in order to help him win the White House.