On Wednesday, Kremlin officials denied allegations that the Russian government had a trove of compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump.
Officials out of Moscow, such as Dmitry Peskov, are calling the alleged news reports a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.”
Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, claims the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.” The alleged information Russia apparently has on Trump involves compromising personal and financial intel that could be used as leverage.
American media entertainment site BuzzFeed published the original set of unverified reports that Russia garnered secret information on Trump. The news site claims the publication of the 35-page document, despite its lack of verification, is “so that Americans can make up their own minds” about the allegations and that “publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.”
Vice President of Poynter Institute, Kelly McBride, wrote a responsive post to BuzzFeed’s premature publication. The media ethicist claims that “publishing an entirely unvetted document is a significant departure from the way editors of the most significant publications would define the role of reporting.”
Of course, President-elect Trump also responded to the unverified publication. He took to Twitter to write and post: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Most of the unverified report from BuzzFeed included memos created by anti-Trump operatives, to include a former British intelligence operative. The FBI is currently investigating the validity of these memos.
FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
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