Trump: If intel officials leaked report, it’s a ‘blot’ on their record
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community’s record would be seriously marred if it leaked a dossier containing unsubstantiated claims about contacts between his advisers and Russia as well as unflattering
allegations about his personal life.
Trump said intelligence agencies will have a “tremendous blot on their record” if they released the report filled with unproven information that Russian officials had allegedly compiled on the president-elect.
“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies let any information that turned out to be so false and fake to get out,” Trump said at a news conference.
The CIA and the office of the director of national intelligence declined to comment.
Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer also called the dossier “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”
The dossier contains unproven information about close coordination between Trump’s inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts as well as unproven claims about unusual sexual activities by Trump among other suggestions attributed to anonymous sources. The Associated Press has not authenticated any of the claims.
A U.S. official said top intelligence officials told Trump about the report last week. The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter, spoke only on condition of anonymity.
A summary of the allegations was separate from a classified assessment of Russia’s suspected attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election. That classified report tied Russian President Vladimir Putin to the hacking of email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and individual Democrats like Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. It said there was no evidence the Russians tampered with vote tallies; the intelligence agencies said they couldn’t assess if Russia succeeded in influencing Americans to vote for Trump.