Bi­den: In­tel of­fi­cials told us Trump al­le­ga­tions might leak

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den said Thurs­day that top in­tel­li­gence lead­ers told him and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama they felt ob­li­gated to in­form them about un­cor­rob­o­rated al­le­ga­tions about Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump out of con­cern the in­for­ma­tion would be­come public and catch them off-guard.

In an in­ter­view, Bi­den said nei­ther he nor Obama asked U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to try to cor­rob­o­rate the un­ver­i­fied claims that Rus­sia had ob­tained com­pro­mis­ing sex­ual and fi­nan­cial al­le­ga­tions about Trump.

In the hour­long ses­sion with news out­lets, the vice pres­i­dent was sharply crit­i­cal of Trump for pub­licly dis­parag­ing in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials, say­ing Trump was dam­ag­ing U.S. stand­ing and play­ing into Rus­sia’s hands. He took um­brage at Trump’s com­ments ac­cus­ing in­tel­li­gence agen­cies of al­low­ing the in­for­ma­tion to leak pub­licly and draw­ing a com­par­i­son to “liv­ing in Nazi Ger­many.”

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