CNN is reporting this afternoon that intelligence officials presented information last week to both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump regarding claims that the Russian Federation made efforts to compromise Trump.
After dismissing the unverified report published by BuzzFeed which alleged Russian intelligence agents both compromised and provided information to Trump, the president-elect said he "respected the fact" that Putin denied the veracity of the report, and said the two may have a good relationship.
His words echoed a phrase used by Mr Trump himself, who was quoted as saying in an interview with the New York Times newspaper on Friday that the storm over Russian hacking was a "political witch hunt". He then proceeded to blame the press, double down on a tweet he wrote comparing US intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany and, according to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer threatened to kick him out of the press conference for asking an aggressive followup in defense of CNN.
Speaking at Trump Tower in his first press conference with reporters since July 2016, Trump conceded that Russian Federation was behind the e-attacks on the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.
Acosta pushed back at Trump in an attempt to get his question in.
"But you know what, it could have been others also", he said when asked why he had been so critical of USA intelligence officials. "You are fake news", a clearly angry Trump said.More news: CEO of Nvidia speaks about Switch that will leave everyone speechless
"BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the U.S. government", it continues.
At his news conference, Trump called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage" and CNN a "fake news" outlet.
Trump "is not denying that entities in Russian Federation were behind this particular hacking campaign", Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday".
The Kremlin on Monday refuted accusations of Russia's involvement in hacker attacks during the US 2016 presidential election, saying that it was a "tiresome witch-hunt".
"We are going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better", Trump said. "It's phony stuff. It didn't happen". I think it's a disgrace and I say that ... and that's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.
The network challenged the Trump team to identify what it believed was inaccurate in the CNN report.