President-elect Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets Jan. 13 in which he pushed back against unverified accusations linking him to Russia and called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "guilty as hell."
On Jan. 10, BuzzFeed ignited controversy by publishing a 35-page report compiled by a former British intelligence agent who was hired to dig up dirt on Trump, according to The New York Times. The report alleged that the Russian government had compromising information on the president-elect that they could use to blackmail him.
None of the allegations contained in the dossier -- which included lurid stories about Trump's alleged "sexual perversion" -- could be independently verified, and Trump lashed out at BuzzFeed in a press conference, calling the website "a failing pile of garbage."
"It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued," he wrote on Twitter, according to the New York Daily News. "Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans -- FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists."
"Probably released by 'intelligence' even knowing there is no proof, and never will be," he continued. "My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!"
Trump went on to criticize the Democratic Party for "complaining" about FBI Director James Comey's controversial decision to reopen -- and then close again -- the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server 11 days before the election.
"What are Hillary Clinton's people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I," he wrote. "Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run -- guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states -- no enthusiasm!"
On Jan. 12, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced plans to investigate Comey's actions. Horowitz will seek to determine whether Comey acted in bad faith or violated Justice Department rules, according to The New York Times.
Brian Fallon, former press secretary for the Clinton campaign, said he was happy with Horowitz's decision to launch an investigation.
"This is highly encouraging and to be expected, given Director Comey's drastic deviation from Justice Department protocol," he said. "A probe of this sort, however long it takes to conduct, is utterly necessary in order to take the first step to restore the F.B.I's reputation as a nonpartisan institution."