Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus slammed a newly reported document alleging that Russians might have had compromising information on President-elect Donald Trump as “offensive crap” and “garbage.”
“[It’s] offensive crap that we shouldn’t even be talking about,” Mr. Priebus said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” program. “This is garbage … shameful is what it is.”
Mr. Trump on Wednesday morning tweeted: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
The businessman also tweeted: “Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!”
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin denied the allegations Wednesday.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed news reports as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.” He insisted that the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.”
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CNN first reported Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to Mr. Trump and President Obama included allegations that Russians claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.
The allegations were compiled in part by a former British intelligence operative, and the FBI is still investigating their validity, CNN reported.
“He said it was total garbage,” Mr. Priebus said of Mr. Trump. “And I’m keeping it clean.”
“If this was actually something our intelligence community believed in, it would have been published for the public in the rest of the report that was available to the public,” Mr. Priebus said. “So obviously it wasn’t credible enough for them to actually put in a document for the public to see.”
Mr. Priebus said it might come up at Mr. Trump’s scheduled press conference Wednesday but that he’d imagine the president-elect’s answers on the matter would be similar to his own.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report.