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Congresswoman: Trump Sex Reports In Dossier Are True

| by Lauren Briggs

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California said on March 9 that some portions of the unverified Russian dossier published with information about President Donald Trump are true, particularly the "sex actions."

"We already know the part about the coverage they have on him with sex actions is supposed to be true," Waters told MSNBC about the dossier, which was compiled by a former British spy, according to The Washington Post. "They have said that that's absolutely true. Some other things they kind of allude to. Yes, I think he should go into that dossier and see what's there."

Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, did not cite any evidence to support her belief that the allegations in the dossier are true.

"The investigations must be done," she added. "The drilling down must be done. We must get to the facts of what it has been about. I don't think you can do the impeachment just because I think or others think. But I think that if we do the investigations, that we will find the connections and I do think that impeachment will be necessary."

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The 35-page document, written in 2016 and publicly released in early 2017 by BuzzFeed News, contains a compilation of memos stating that Russian officials have material on the president that they could use to blackmail him, including videos of Trump with prostitutes in Russia, according to the BBC.

The reports contain several spelling errors and have not been verified by any known sources, although both then-President Barack Obama and then-President-elect Trump were briefed with a two-page summary shortly before the information was released to the public.

"The [intelligence community] has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions," said James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, in a January statement regarding his decision to conduct the briefings. "However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security."

Trump has said the entirety of the dossier is "false and fictitious" and consists of "made up, phony facts" that were "illegally circulated."

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Nonetheless, Waters said in the March 9 interview that the document still needs to be "taken a look at," according to The Washington Post.

"I think they should really read it, understand it, analyze it, and determine what's fact, what may not be fact," she added.

Sources: The Washington Post, BBC, Donald Trump/Twitter, Office of the Director of National Intelligence / Photo credit: Rep. Maxine Waters/Wikimedia Commons

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