January 10, 2017

HMM: Yikes: Intel chiefs told Trump Russia claims to have compromising personal and financial information on him; Update: CNN video added; Update: Memos leaked to BuzzFeed.

Meanwhile, people on Twitter are claiming the original source is actually a 4Chan prank, which ordinarily would be absurd, but these days, well, who knows?

Meanwhile, of course, Trump has survived so many scandals that it’s hard to imagine what would count as “compromising.” But stay tuned. This may well be “Fake News,” but it’s not as if Trump and Putin haven’t been friendly. However, every time we’ve had word of the big pending scandal that will definitely kill off Trump’s presidency this time, it’s been a bust.

And if it by some chance does work out that way? Enjoy President Pence, Dems!

UPDATE: 4Chan Claims To Have Fabricated Anti-Trump Report As A Hoax.

Related: Fake News: BuzzFeed Runs ‘Unverifiable’ Trump-Russia Claims. “BuzzFeed acknowledges that it has not verified the accusations and even notes that the document contains a number of basic factual errors. Yet it published the full document.”

Question: Did they run the question of publishing claims that they admit are “unverifiable” by libel counsel? Because while Trump is probably the world’s ultimate “public figure,” well . . . .

Most damning: “Even Mother Jones declined to publish the full details and dossier.”

If this collapses, as it likely will, it will have the effect of making Trump pretty much scandal-proof.

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Maybe the whole thing is a Trump “False Flag” operation! The truth is out there!

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Lawfare Blog: Take A Deep Breath. “First, we have no idea if any of these allegations are true. Yes, they are explosive; they are also entirely unsubstantiated, at least to our knowledge, at this stage. For this reason, even now, we are not going to discuss the specific allegations within the document. Second, while unproven, the allegations are being taken quite seriously.”

MORE: From the comments: “A friend pointed this out: In this ‘report,’ British intelligence describes events surrounding the ‘World Cup Soccer tournament.’ Soccer. Let’s repeat that… Soccer!! What self-respecting Brit would call the biggest sporting event in the world a ‘soccer tournament?'”

A rational one that recognizes that Third World Kickball is barely even a sport? But yeah, point taken.