The fireworks today were supposed to be coming from Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, but CNN managed to light up social media Tuesday afternoon with an exclusive report claiming that President Obama and President-elect Trump were told last week that the Russians have personal and financial information that could compromise Trump.
To be honest, the press was dropping really big bombshells about Trump at least weekly during the campaign, and yet each one managed to get lost in the excitement of the next.
Make no mistake, though: media types and pundits are excited.
CNN reports that Obama and Trump, who were briefed last week on Russian efforts to influence the election, each received a two-page synopsis appended to the report alleging that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect.
And the source? CNN reports that the allegations “came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.”
Second look at Mike Pence?
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Reporters are beginning to pore over BuzzFeed’s dossier and …
So that storm blew over quickly, huh?
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If you’ve always dreamed what it would be like to be a BuzzFeed staffer checking his or her email, here’s your chance. It’s not often that the editor of a website issues a reminder that the document it just published appears to be “a set of vague allegations” that readers have “serious reason to doubt.”
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.