UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2017 at 8:37 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted an apparent response Tuesday night to news that Russian operatives may have compromising information about him.
He called the report, "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump were both notified last week that Russian operatives may have compromising information about the incoming president, CNN reported.
Intelligence officials presented each with a two-page synopsis of the claim. CNN reports that the allegations were partially from a former British intelligence operative and included in a 35-page compilation of memos originated as political opposition research.
CNN EXCLUSIVE: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him https://t.co/T9lqcPJwUP— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 10, 2017
Buzzfeed News, which also reported on the documents, said the information was included in 35-page document "prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent" but described dossier as containing "specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers revealed the information during briefings about Russian hackers attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The FBI is still evaluating the credibility of the information but the British operative is considered by CNN to be a reliable source. The documents also included claims that Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government maintained contact during his presidential campaign.
Officials also told CNN information Comey reiterated to the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. He and Clapper explained that Russia obtained information from Republicans and Democrats but leaked far more information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The two-page summary didn't contain specific information about how the former British intelligence official this information.
Eight high-ranking congressional leaders were also briefed on the report.
Our affiliate WJLA contributed to this report.
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