US Intelligence Director James Clapper on Wednesday issued a statement on the Director of National Intelligence website denying that the intelligence community leaked claims that Russia holds compromising personal and financial information on President-elect Donald Trump.
"The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions," he wrote.
Clapper also called Trump to relay this information.
James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
Trump, this morning, tweeted about his call with Clapper about the "fictitious report."
Some people were stunned by the "rare" statement from the DNI.
The statement falls on the heels of Trump's presser Wednesday where he called out the IC.
More on the statement
Clapper said he told Trump that the leaks summarized in a briefing last Friday "did not come from within the IC."
He added that he and his colleagues chose to brief Trump and Barack Obama on the unconfirmed allegations "to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security."
Trump has vehemently denied the controversial 35-page memo first published by BuzzFeed.