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Russians Bragged They Had 'Derogatory' Information on Team Trump

02 June 2017

The ultimate alpha male president, who is definitely in no way a puppet of Russia, may have been vulnerable to potentially "derogatory" information at the hands of the Russians during the campaign.

Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about Donald Trump and some of his top aides during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to conversations intercepted by US intelligence.

According to CNN, the source told the news outlet the intercepted communications suggested the Russians appeared to have thought "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information".

The report states that calls like this made the Russians' intentions to meddle clear to USA intelligence even if the truth of the Trump claim was unclear. But still, it means the foreign power was interested in meddling with our elections and having some control over the man who is now president.

Which aides the Kremlin discussed wasn't clear because names were "masked" in the report - a common practice in which the identity of USA citizens is blocked in foreign surveillance.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Congress earlier this month that the Justice Department discovered that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had not fully disclosed conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period, therefore potentially opening himself up to blackmail.

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not return CNN's requests for comment, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.

But the White House blasted the new CNN report saying it was false.

Early Tuesday, Trump tweeted "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".

Last week, reports emerged Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria shortly after the election.

Trump and the White House have reacted to the latest CNN expose. Golf journalist James Dodson also claimed recently that Trump's son Eric once told him that his father's golf business did not rely on American banks for funding because "we have all the funding we need out of Russian Federation".

A White House spokesperson shrugged off the allegations as attempts to "smear the President".