Ten days from Donald Trump’s inauguration, CNN is reporting that during his meeting with intelligence officials last week, the President-elect was presented with information that the Russians have compromising “personal and financial information” about him. This is backed up by “multiple US officials with direct knowledge” of the meetings.
It certainly does explain why Trump has been so friendly with our Russian comrades, doesn’t it?
Also included in the intelligence report was this little tidbit:
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
In other words, collusion.
These details were not shared widely last week, but only among President Obama, Trump, and eight Congressional leaders. However, the memos have been circulating among journalists and other top officials for months. John McCain also knew about them because on December 9th, he gave the FBI a copy of raw memos that formed the basis of these conclusions, which he received from “a former British diplomat who had been posted in Moscow.” The raw memos were compiled by a former MI6 agent who now runs a private intelligence firm. He collected information on Trump at first at the behest of Republicans — who didn’t want Trump to win the primary — and then from Hillary’s campaign.
We’re in serious spy-movie territory now.
Buzzfeed adds this:
The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.
Those “perverse” acts, according to this intelligence document (which can be read at Buzzfeed) included employing prostitutes to perform a golden shower in front of him in a room he rented at the Ritz Carlton specifically because he knew it was where the Obamas stayed. According to this British intelligence person (who intelligence agencies describe as “credible”), the Russians recorded this, and according to the intelligence memo, could use it as blackmail.
Report claims Trump allegedly hired prostitutes to urinate in a Moscow bed the Obamas once slept in. Hotel was apparently bugged. pic.twitter.com/NYdvUajPPf— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 10, 2017
That two-page synopsis comes from a 35-page compilation of intelligence memos, which CNN now possesses. It’s attempting to verify the memos before they are released, but expect more of this to dribble out in the coming days. It should be noted, however, that the bed-defiling and other details have not been verified (and it may be impossible to verify).
Trump is supposed to hold a press conference tomorrow. It should be interesting.
TL;DR: According to a former British intelligence officer, Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians, who have compromising personal and financial information about him that includes “perverse” sexual acts of the golden shower variety. In other words, all of our most insane theories about Trump’s relationship to Russia were exactly right.
Update: Something to keep in mind via Noah Schactman:
Trump has also responded.
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Check out the responses on that Tweet. It’s going to be like that for four years.