0655 GMT June 23 2017
Top US intelligence agencies last week briefed Trump and outgoing President Barack Obama about unverified claims that Russia was in possession of “deeply compromising personal and financial information” on the president-elect, CNN reported on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said on Wednesday however that the allegations had been “total bluff, an absolute fabrication, utter nonsense.”
“The Kremlin has no compromising information on Trump. This report does not correspond to reality and is nothing but absolute fiction,” Peskov added.
“The Kremlin [and] the Russian president are engaged in building relationships with our foreign partners, firstly, in the interests of the Russian Federation, in the interests of the Russian people, [and] secondly, in the interests of global peace, stability and security,” he said.
The allegations, presented in a two-page synopsis, came after earlier claims that the Russian government hacked computer systems in the US to tilt the November 2016 US presidential election in favor of Trump and that President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the hacking attacks. Russia has denied those claims, too.
Trump has repeatedly called the allegations fake and aimed at delegitimizing his win.