Trump hacking report vow
President-elect says his team will probe claims over ‘fake’ document
US PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has said his team will have a “full report on hacking within 90 days” as he again dismissed as fake a document alleging Russia has damaging information about him.
Mr Trump tweeted the dossier includes “totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS!”
He added “Russia says nothing exists” and that the allegations will never be proved.
US intelligence officials briefed Mr Trump and President Barack Obama on a dossier that includes unproven information about close co-ordination between Mr Trump’s inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts.
It also contained unproven claims about alleged unusual sexual activities by Mr Trump attributed to anonymous sources.
Mr Trump also said Democrats should not be “complaining” about the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton because she is “guilty as hell” and should not have been allowed to run for president in the first place.
He appears to have been responding to a Justice Department inquiry into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Mrs Clinton’s private email server, and the FBI’s decision to release information about the review days before the election. Aides to Mrs Clinton have blamed the FBI for influencing voters.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her.”
Mr Trump will be sworn in on Friday in a ceremony Mrs Clinton plans to attend as a former first lady.
Meanwhile, a prominent New York financier is to become a top White House adviser to Mr Trump, co-ordinating the administration’s outreach to the nation’s financial world and key members of the political community.
Anthony Scaramucci, a colourful surrogate for Mr Trump and a top fundraiser during his campaign, will be appointed within the week, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
His exact title has not been settled, the sources said, but he may move into the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, which is currently run by Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama’s most powerful allies.
Mr Scaramucci may turn the role into something more akin to what it was under George Bush, when it was known as the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr Scaramucci has deep ties to Wall Street and will be one of the administration’s public faces to the banking and business worlds, but the hedge fund banker and frequent cable TV commentator will also conduct outreach to Silicon Valley and influential organisations in the non-profit world and politics.
He has deep ties with incoming White House strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s influential son-in-law. Mr Kushner and Mr Bannon will probably be two of the three major power centres in the West Wing, along with chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Mr Scaramucci joins a growing contingent of former fellow Goldman Sachs employees due to join the new administration. Others include Mr Bannon and US Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin.
Mr Trump memorably disparaged Goldman Sachs during the campaign, saying it held great sway over former rivals Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton, and has said that hedge fund managers do not pay enough in taxes.
DONALD TRUMP: Was briefed by intelligence on the dossier.