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CNN: US Investigators Corroborate Aspects of Russian Dossier on Trump

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By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 06:29 PM

U.S. investigators have corroborated some of the communications asserted in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent on former President-elect Donald Trump's activities in Russia.

The verification was based on intercepted communications solely between foreign nationals, including those tied to or inside the Russian government, known by U.S. intelligence officials to be "heavily involved" in collecting discrediting data on Hillary Clinton that might help Trump, CNN reports.

The dossier, which was included in a classified report on Moscow hacking presented in January to Trump and President Barack Obama, provides information on about a dozen conversations between top Russian officials and other Kremlin individuals, U.S. officials told CNN.

The officials would not disclose which conversations were intercepted or their contents.

However, some of the conversations took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the report.

CNN also did not confirm whether any of those conversations related to Trump, who was the Republican presidential candidate at the time the dossier was completed.

The uncorroborated document had circulated around Washington since October, when Mother Jones magazine first reported that a former British spy had presented the dossier to the FBI in August.

U.S. officials said they now have "greater confidence" in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier in light of the corroboration, according to CNN.

They also cautioned that they have not yet determined whether Russia had any negative information on Trump — nor did officials comment on any possible meetings or discussions between Russians and Trump associates.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer slammed CNN when reached for comment.

"We continue to be disgusted by CNN's fake news reporting," he said.

Spicer then called back.

"This is more fake news," he told the network. "It is about time CNN focused on the success the president has had bringing back jobs, protecting the nation, and strengthening relationships with Japan and other nations.

"The president won the election because of his vision and message for the nation."

Representatives of the FBI, Justice Department, CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

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U.S. investigators have corroborated some of the communications asserted in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent on former President-elect Donald Trump's activities in Russia.
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