President-elect Donald Trump has taken aim at intelligence agencies for “leaking” an unverified dossier into the public domain, claiming it was “one last shot” at him after winning the election.
In a string of tweets ahead of a press conference later today, Mr Trump said Russia has “never tried to use leverage” over him and he has “no deals, no loans, no nothing” with the country.
He asked “Are we living in Nazi Germany” and slammed “crooked opponents” for trying to belittle him with “fake news”.
Earlier, President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the dossier, which claimed Trump had engaged in lewd sexual acts in Moscow, was “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.”
“This is an evident attempt to harm our bilateral ties,” he said. “The Kremlin does not engage in collecting compromising information.”
On Tuesday, Buzzfeed news published a dossier that been circulating in government and media circles for weeks that contained a number of unsubstantiated claims about Mr Trump.
The document which is purportedly from a British intelligence official, states Russia had been cultivating and supporting Trump for at least five years and that he had been “compromised ” through his activities in Moscow “sufficiently to be able to blackmail him”.
It said Russian Secret Service initiatives to exploit Trump’s sexual desires had “borne fruit” and that compromising material had been found about him in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel where the Obama’s had stayed including “defiling the bed” with prostitutes used to perform “golden showers”.
It also contains information about Russian cyberhacking and alleged meetings carried out by Trump’s adviser Carter Page in Moscow. Mr Peskov, was named as the owner of a similar dossier on Hillary Clinton that had been ordered directly by Putin.
The President-elect denied the report as “FAKE NEWS — A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Mr Peskov said it should be treated with “humor” but that there was a sad side that could harm relations between the countries.
“There are people who are whipping up this frenzy, who are doing their best to keep this witch hunt going,” he said.
President Trump is due to hold his first press conference in five months on Wednesday.
This article was originally published on news.com.au