On Tuesday, BuzzFeed published a 35-page document containing unverified information from an alleged former British operative who claimed that that Trump was caught in a compromising position in Russia.
The document also claimed that Russia is in possession of "compromising" personal and financial information about Trump which it is using to blackmail the US president-elect.
Addressing a news conference in New York on Wednesday, Trump described the published material about him as “fake” and a “political witch hunt,” and said that the leaks from the US intelligence community to some media outlets were reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
"I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it's a disgrace, and I say that ... that's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do," Trump said.
Russia on Wednesday rejected the BuzzFeed document as a “completely fake,” adding that it does not possess any blackmail file on Trump containing footage of him in a “compromising” position in a Moscow hotel.
Trump has called for improved relations with Moscow, saying this will benefit the entire world. He argues that only “stupid” people or “fools” would think close ties between the US and Russia were unwise.
On Saturday, he said that Moscow would “respect us far more than they do now” after he enters the White House on January 20, and stated that the two nations could perhaps work together on the international stage.
A report released by US intelligence agencies on Friday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering “an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election."
Trump has consistently dismissed the intelligence agencies’ conclusions as politically motivated, but he appeared to accept Russian involvement in the election after receiving an intelligence briefing on Friday.
However, on Wednesday he reiterated his goal of closer ties with the Russian president. "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.”
Trump also suggested that intelligence agencies even leak information when he hold meetings with their officials.
"I have many meetings with intelligence. And every time I meet, people are reading about it. Somebody's leaking it out," he complained.