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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:59

Congressional leaders deal with fallout over allegations that Russia gathered compromising information on Trump

Written by  Robert Costa

Congressional Republican leaders spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning consulting top aides to President-elect Donald Trump and hearing from rank-and-file GOP members regarding news reports about compromising material Russia has allegedly gathered on Trump.

Meanwhile, key Democrats on Capitol Hill moved cautiously in addressing the unconfirmed allegations Wednesday. Neither Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued statements on the matter.

The Republican leaders have been digesting the news reports and communicating by phone and email with Trump’s advisers in New York, in particular with incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. At the same time, they have been fielding some skittish and incredulous messages from rank-and-file members seeking clarity, according to people close to the leadership.

[Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on unconfirmed claims Russia has compromising information on president-elect]

Priebus has assured Republicans that the allegations included in the dossier are false and that Trump would be defiant in battling them, the people said. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the conversations.

A classified report presented to President Obama and Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services have compromising material and information on Trump’s personal life and finances, according to U.S.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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