The report has fueled renewed speculation about the odd friendship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
According to CNN, classified documents alleging that Russia has obtained "compromising personal and financial information" on Donald Trump were shared with President Obama, eight Congressional leaders, and the President-elect himself. The intel was presented by the top-ranking officials in US intelligence: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
The new intelligence suggests that Russia was able to gather confidential and potentially damaging information on not just Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party but also on Trump. The documents in question contain allegations of a "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government."
Trump has continued to deny the notion that the Russian hacking of the DNC's emails helped sway the election in his favor. With the new report comes the possibility that members of Trump's campaign were aware of Russia's efforts to jeopardize Clinton's campaign all along, and furthermore, that they knew of the possibly damaging intelligence that Russia also had on their candidate. This information will likely only increase the public's suspicion of Trump's strange goodwill toward Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
I don't care what your politics are.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 10, 2017
Our country was hijacked.
1) Russia owns Trump.
2) Comey kept that quiet. https://t.co/WQpR7MDKMP
So basically, every single concern Clinton raised prior to the election re: ties between Russia and Trump were both warranted and correct.— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 10, 2017
No matter what he tweets in next 24 hours, Trump must be interrogated about Russia more than anything else at his press conference tomorrow— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 10, 2017
There must be a reason for Trump's unrelenting defense of Russia and adoration of Putin. Perhaps this is it. https://t.co/YByFXqDTlD— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) January 10, 2017