In a tweet, Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, called him to “denounce” and deny leaking an unverified report that alleged Russia had compromising information about the president-elect.
“James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated,” Trump tweeted. “Made up, phony facts. Too bad!”
James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
After his conversation with Trump, Clapper released a statement saying he expressed his “profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.”
Clapper continued, “I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions. However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.”
The 35-page dossier of allegations was published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.
According to Politico, the document claimed Russia had compromising personal information on the president-elect, and that Trump’s allies colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 president election.
H/T: Fox News
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