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Intel Memo Claims Trump Team Collaborated With Russia

| by Oren Peleg

After weeks of denying evidence that the Russian government purposely hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election to sway its outcome, the tables may be turning on President-elect Donald Trump. A recent intelligence memo claims that the Russian government has compromising personal and financial information on Trump.

However, according to BuzzFeed, the memo, prepared by a former British intelligence agency agent, is riddled with both spelling and factual mistakes. For example, the Alfa Group is misspelled as "Alpha Group," and the document incorrectly defines an area called Barvikha, which lies outside of Moscow, Russia, as a settlement reserved for the Russian government's leadership -- it is not.

According to CNN, the memo was presented to both President Barack Obama and Trump to cover all bases.

"I have a sense the outgoing administration and intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down," a high-level Obama administration official told CNN. "I think [the] concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated as it should be and acted upon as necessary."

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BuzzFeed adds that the memo includes unverified claims that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russian government throughout the presidential campaign. Furthermore, that the Russian government documented "graphic sexual acts" that Trump received from local prostitutes in Russia while exploring real estate development opportunities in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

According to Politico, Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginian and the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, pushed FBI Director James Comey in a Jan. 10 hearing on the Russia-Trump campaign connection.

"In my view, our committee investigation should focus on three broad areas," Warner told Comey. "The Russian hacking and release of stolen information; Russia's use of state-owned media and other means to amplify real and fake news to further their goal; and contact between the Russian government and its agents, and associates of any campaign and candidate."

Two days earlier, on Jan. 8, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told NBC's "Meet The Press" that the FBI may already be investigating such corroboration between the Trump campaign and Russian hackers.

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"I believe that it's happening," Graham said, reports Politico. "But you need to talk to them because I don't want to speak for them."

Sources: CNN, BuzzFeed, Politico / Photo credit: Nickolas Titkov/Flickr

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