The Russian government has compromising material relating to Donald Trump's personal and financial dealings, according to intelligence reports delivered to the president-elect and first obtained by CNN.
The classified briefings given to the president-elect last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs— the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director, Admiral Mike Rogers.
According to CNN, the information provided to Trump at one of the briefings included a two-page synopsis alongside dozens of other memos last week. It also included allegations that the president-elect's surrogates are communicating with Russian government intermediaries. A Russian diplomat previously confirmed that Trump allies have been in touch with Russian officials.
CNN also reports that the intelligence has been making the rounds around Washington for the last six months:
Some of the memos were circulating as far back as last summer. What has changed since then is that US intelligence agencies have now checked out the former British intelligence operative and his vast network throughout Europe and find him and his sources to be credible enough to include some of the information in the presentations to the President and President-elect a few days ago.
The information was only shared with President Obama, President-elect Trump and the top eight Congressional leaders. Trump was informed by the intelligence officials “to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington.”
The CNN report acknowledges that the intelligence which may be compromising for Trump originated from opposition research — first by Trump's Republican opponents and then allies of Hillary Clinton.
The news comes less than a week after a declassified version of a joint intelligence report further confirmed that the Russian government — and President Vladimir Putin himself — attempted to influence the 2016 American presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
Following the publication of CNN's story, Buzzfeed published a dossier with some damning supposed details about Donald Trump's sexual life and alleged connections to Russia, acknowledging that the dossier was unconfirmed. The document can be viewed here, but the details have not been confirmed by Independent Journal Review.
Editor's Note: This story was updated after being published.