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WATCH: CNN’s Jake Tapper says Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with Russian operatives

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Intelligence officials told Donald Trump last week during a classified briefing that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect.

Multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of last week’s briefings told CNN that they revealed the claims in classified documents presented to Trump and President Barack Obama.

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The allegations, which were based on memos gathered by a former British intelligence officer trusted by U.S. officials, were part of a two-page brief on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“It came from a former British MI-6 intelligence agent who was hired by a political research — opposition research — firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald Trump for both Republican and Democratic candidates opposed to Trump,” said legendary reporter Carl Bernstein, who contributed to the CNN report. “They were looking at Trump’s business ties. They saw some questionable things about Russians, about his businesses in Russia. They, in turn, hired this MI-6 former investigator. He then came up with additional information from his Russian sources. He was very concerned by the implications of it.”

Buzzfeed published what is purported to be the full dossier detailing the explosive — but unverified — claims that Russia had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years and held compromising information about him.

The documents published by Buzzfeed claim said the Russians had exploited “Trump’s personal obsessions and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him.”

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

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Top intelligence officials said they revealed those findings to Trump to make sure he was aware those allegations were circulating.

They also wanted to demonstrate to Trump that Russia had gathered damaging information about both him and Hillary Clinton — but chose only to harm the Democratic candidate’s campaign.

Trump and Obama were also told by intelligence officials that Trump’s surrogates continually exchanged information with intermediaries from the Russian government during the campaign.

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Virologist rips Deborah Birx: ‘She’s ignored the evidence’ with her ‘willful disregard for the science’

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The White House coronavirus coordinator continues to lose support among the medical community, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

The report noted Dr. Deborah Birx has also been undermined by Trump, who attacked her on Twitter.

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!

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Trump is trying to twist the census to fit his ‘politics of greed and fear’: Black lawmakers

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On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams condemned President Donald Trump's latest push to rewrite the rules of the census for partisan and racial reasons.

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GOP strategist rues ‘big mistake’ — that led to his family’s COVID-19 infections

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The tweet Richard Costigan posted July 23 was bluntly honest: “We tried our best to limit exposure to #COVID19 but we slipped up somewhere.”

Costigan tweeted while waiting anxiously in the parking lot of a hospital outside Sacramento. The veteran Republican political consultant had just dropped his wife, Gloria, off at the emergency room. He wasn’t allowed to go in with her.

🙏 needed 🚨! My wife is in the #ER as she can’t catch her breath. She has been having severe coughing fits that won’t stop. We tried our best to limit exposure to #COVID19 but we slipped up somewhere. I am coughing as well. This🦠 is nasty. I am waiting in parking lot.

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