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Norman Bernstein
05-30-2017, 08:02 AM
Interesting.


(CNN)Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

One source described the information as financial in nature and said the discussion centered on whether the Russians had leverage over Trump's inner circle. The source said the intercepted communications suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information."

But the sources, privy to the descriptions of the communications written by US intelligence, cautioned the Russian claims to one another "could have been exaggerated or even made up" as part of a disinformation campaign that the Russians did during the election.

The details of the communication shed new light on information US intelligence received about Russian claims of influence. The contents of the conversations made clear to US officials that Russia was considering ways to influence the election -- even if their claims turned out to be false.

TomF
05-30-2017, 08:06 AM
Damned leakers. Who would have guessed that Trump had anything "derogatory" in his past?

Could be that Russia realized that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone, and it wouldn't make any difference. It must be discouraging to have really juicy career-sinking Kompromat info which, because of the "unique" character of the individual, is useless.

Glen Longino
05-30-2017, 08:29 AM
Lock him up! Lock him up!
Crooked Trump! Crooked Trump!

Harry Miller
05-30-2017, 09:33 AM
Damned leakers. Who would have guessed that Trump had anything "derogatory" in his past?

Could be that Russia realized that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone, and it wouldn't make any difference. It must be discouraging to have really juicy career-sinking Kompromat info which, because of the "unique" character of the individual, is useless.
My thoughts exactly.