President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at multiple reports that intelligence officials last week presented to him allegations that Russia had compromising information about him, dismissing the articles as “fake news” peddled by his political opponents.
“FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening, on the eve of his first news conference in more than 160 days, scheduled for Wednesday morning.
CNN first reported earlier on Tuesday that classified documents presented to Trump and President Barack Obama in separate briefings late last week included a two-page synopsis with claims that Russian operatives have personal and financial information about Trump that could prove compromising.
BuzzFeed on Tuesday evening also posted documents that purportedly are the basis for such allegations.
Trump has pushed back against the intelligence community for its assessment that not only did Russian entities hack Democratic targets during the campaign, but also that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed the cyberattacks to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.
On Friday, after being briefed by top U.S. intelligence officials, Trump acknowledged the possibility that Russia was behind election-season hacks but said such attacks did not affect the outcome of the election.