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NBC News contradicts CNN: ‘Golden showers’ memo is ‘disinformation’ and was not shown to Trump

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A new NBC News report contradicts reporting from CNN about a 35-page dossier about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia that was then posted online by Buzzfeed.

A senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that Trump was not briefed on the two-page summary, which directly contradicts CNN’s report, and the addendum was prepared for the briefing only to provide an example of unvetted “disinformation.”

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The official, who had knowledge of the preparation for the meeting with Trump, said the two-page summary of the unsubstantiated material was intended to illustrate for the president-elect the difference between raw intelligence and analyzed intelligence.

U.S. intelligence officials told Trump on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a campaign to “undermine public faith” in the democratic process and to hobble Hillary Clinton’s election chances.

CNN reported Tuesday that multiple U.S. officials said both Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the two-page summary of findings gathered by a former British intelligence operative, who alleged that Russia had gained compromising information on the president-elect.

The dossier, which contains lurid allegations that Trump paid prostitutes to perform a “golden showers” show in Moscow, was originally generated as anti-Trump opposition research at the direction of his Republican primary rivals.

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Some of the claims in the dossier have circulated for months, and Mother Jones reported on some of them in late October.

BBC reported that the former British spy was not the only source claiming that Russia had sex tapes that could embarrass the president-elect.

Trump agreed with a spokesman for the Kremlin who dismissed the findings as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense,” and his former campaign manager described the reports as “fake news.”

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The intelligence officials who briefed Trump and Obama also had available unvetted “disinformation” about the Clinton Foundation, NBC News reported, but that was also not shared with Trump.

CNN reported that Sen. John McCain delivered a copy of the document to FBI Director James Comey last month, and The Guardian reported that the FBI applied for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court over the summer to monitor four members of Trump’s team for possible contacts with Russian officials.

That warrant may have been granted in October, the newspaper reported, but it’s not clear whether any warrants led to a full investigation of the claims.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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