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Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump.
President-Elect Donald Trump, at his 1st news conference since the election, implied that a U.S. intelligence agency may have been the source for what he called “fake news” which both CNN and BuzzFeed reported on yesterday.
The so-called intelligence “dossier” from which the story was built, was apparently originally devised by political opponents of Trump’s during the Republican primaries.
In a blockbuster report this morning in London’s Daily Mail, Senator John McCain admitted that he has had possession of the smear dossier for several months and turned it over to FBI Director James Comey on December 9.
Somehow it ended up a few weeks later being printed in BuzzFeed and reported on CNN, yesterday, despite the fact that it has zero attribution.
The story purports that Donald Trump paid Russian prostitutes to perform lewd acts while cameras filmed him watching them when he was in Moscow filming the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant.
It seems to this reporter that this would be uncharacteristic of Trump in light of the fact that he has been considering running for president for decades.
The story is said to have been initially developed by opposition researchers for an unnamed Republican candidate and fierce political opponent of Trump’s who later sold it to the Clinton campaign’s opposition research team upon dropping out of the race.
However both of these political camps, must have felt that the story was so flimsy that it could easily backfire on them – which it now has.
Senator McCain admitted today that he was handed the 35-page dossier by a former British ambassador to Russia. McCain says that he passed it on to FBI Director James Comey a month ago to see if he could verify its contents.
This morning, President-elect Trump sternly laid out the facts in a blistering indictment of both BuzzFeed and CNN as purveyors of the fake news.
At one point in the news conference, a CNN reporter continually tried to wedge questions in to Trump, but Trump said he would not take a CNN question because that network was so dishonest.
Trump finally tired of the badgering by the reporter and, in an uncharacteristically heated exchange for a presidential press conference, told him to be polite.
The entire press conference is very interesting, however, and we will include it in its entirety – minus a lengthy presentation from an attorney of Trump’s on how the former businessman will separate himself from his wide-ranging businesses, turning them all over to Trump’s sons.
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.