Trump Denies Russia Report, Blasts Intel Agencies Over "Leak": "Are We Living in Nazi Germany?"
On Wednesday, Russian state network called the report a "parody."
Russian media outlets on Wednesday focused on the Kremlin's denial of the alleged existence of compromising information on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
National state-run television network Rossiya 1 made President Barack Obama's farewell speech and the alleged compromising info on Trump the second main item in its news update at 11 a.m. local time, running a five-minute report from its U.S. correspondent.
The network dismissed the document originally published by BuzzFeed as "a parody of sloppily done compromising material" and a manifestation of "anti-Russian hysteria" in the U.S. The network also quoted Trump's tweet, in which he denounced the original CNN report about it as a "political witch hunt."
The unverified allegations about Trump include a claim that he took part in "perverted" behavior, like asking prostitutes to perform "golden showers."
Shortly after news reports were published about the briefing, Trump lashed out at the media, tweeting: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
The president-elect took to Twitter again early Wednesday morning to deny the report.
"Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!" he tweeted after a post supporting Russia's denial.
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
He took aim at "fake news" and his "crooked opponents": "I win an election easily, a great 'movement' is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!"
And then blasted U.S. intelligence agencies and compared the situation to "living in Nazi Germany."
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump is expected to hold a previously scheduled news conference Wednesday to discuss his future plans regarding his role with the Trump Organization.
The report from the Russian network's correspondent also argued that the fact that Obama's farewell speech, in which he promised support for Trump, was aired on CNN, was "proof of Obama's insincerity."
Many other local media outlets reported on Trump's tweet and on WikiLeaks' tweet that the document published by BuzzFeed "is not an intelligence report."
Russian news agency Interfax quoted Nikolai Kovalev, ex-head of Russia's Federal Security Service, as saying that no compromising info has ever been collected on Trump. "Of course, there is no compromising info," he was quoted as saying. "It looks like Obama's administration is focusing heavily on discrediting the president-elect, using any possible means."
The agency also quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that "the Kremlin has no compromising info on Trump" and the report was an "absolute fabrication." He added that reports about the Kremlin allegedly having put together compromising material on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were "absolute rubbish."
Jan. 11, 9 a.m. ET: Updated with Trump's Wednesday tweets.