So classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump, CNN reported on Tuesday.
The allegations — in part from memos by a former British intelligence operative — were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, CNN says.
BuzzFeed has published the memos, which, as I post this, have gotten 2,463,000 views.
The resulting tweetstorm includes this from Trump himself: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"
Breitbart says it’s “peak ‘fake news’” from what "was referred to as the Clinton News Network during the 2016 election.”
Fact-checker Snopes weighs in with this: "Memos leaked to the media claiming that Trump was blackmailed by Russian operatives are not verified."
A Vox explainer of the "bombshell" report says: "If the allegations are true, they will spark criminal investigations and the types of congressional probes that could end Trump’s presidency before it fully begins. If the allegations are false, Trump will accurately be able to say that he’d been slandered by a politicized intelligence community looking for ways to undermine his legitimacy."