President Donald Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak shake hands at the White House.
Russian officials spoke openly about "derogatory" financial information they claimed to have on then-candidate Donald Trump and his close circle of advisers during calls intercepted by US intelligence, CNN reported. The sources said that Russian officials discussed the information during conversations that were intercepted in 2016 by US intelligence.
To make things even more fun, the sources told CNN that the Russian claims "could have been exaggerated or even made up" as part of the disinformation campaign Russians participated in during the election.
CNN and The Times have reported over the past few weeks that the Russians bragged about having influence over Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
No one in the Trump administration deny the basic outline of the blockbuster story, namely that he had not disclosed secret contacts with Russians that involved the potential for a secret channel, which Russia, but not USA intelligence services, could monitor.
After Buzzfeed published the dossier, Trump forcefully denied its contents.
Jon Levine of Mediaite noted: "The news, nevertheless, will likely keep alive suspicions that the Russian government holds a trove of damaging information about President Trump and his top advisers, which could be used to bend US policy towards more pro-Russian interests".
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Sources told the news network that Russian officials were heard boasting of the close relationship they had developed with Flynn, who would eventually be chosen by Trump to serve as his national security adviser - but who was sacked from the post only weeks into the new administration's term.
A White House spokesman said: "This is yet another round of false and unverified claims made by anonymous sources to smear the President".
"The reality is, a review of the president's income from the last 10 years showed he had virtually no financial ties at all", the spokesperson told CNN.
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, gave some of the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and the agency once considered paying for the whole report.
But US counterintelligence investigators were already looking into the Russian claims during the summer of 2016, before the public became aware of similar claims in a dossier created for political opponents of Trump by a former British spy.