Politics

Trump claims Clapper called him over new Russia claims

After repudiating leaks of unsubstantiated claims that Russia may have compromising information about him, President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that the Director of National Intelligence called him “to denounce the false and fictitious report.”

President-elect Trump escalated his feud Wednesday with the US intelligence community, claiming that it was “disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out.”

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The unverified allegations emerged in a dossier and came from a former British spy. Intelligence officials had briefed Trump and President Barack Obama about the claims.

Director James Clapper said in a statement Wednesday that the information probably did not come from US spy agencies and that he spoke with Trump.

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“I expressed my 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 said.

Clapper indicated he had briefed policy makers on its existence, however, saying he was obligated to ensure they “are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.” But, Clapper said, the intelligence community hadn’t made any judgment on whether the claims within the document were reliable.

Material from Bloomberg News was included in this report. Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.
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