Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he and President Barack Obama were informed that the non-verified claims about President Donald Trump by intelligence officials.
Biden said in an interview with the Associated Press that neither he nor Obama has asked the US intelligence services are trying to confirm the unverified allegations that Russia had won, impairment of the sexual and financial allegations about trump.
“I think it’s something that, obviously, the Agency thinks you have on the track,” Biden said. He added later, “It surprised me that it’s up to the point where the Agency, the FBI thought they had to follow.”
Biden added that the briefing he received Obama by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and the other, there were “no conclusions” from the dossier leaked, which was produced in August and released this week by the media. Biden said it was “entirely ancillary” to the purpose of the meeting was to brief Obama on a report he documentation ordered Russia’s intervention in the U.S. campaign.
“As a matter of fact, the President was like, ‘What does all this have to do with this?'” Biden said. He said intelligence leaders responded by saying, “Well, we feel obliged to tell you, Mr President, because you can hear it. We’re going to say to him,” referring to trump.
Biden said intelligence leaders told him, and Obama, that they could not say whether the statements is true or false. He said there was “hardly a discussion” about the allegations in the briefing.
“Neither the President nor I asked for every detail,” Biden said. But he added: dossier: “I have read it all.”
Trump confirmed earlier Thursday that clapper talked to him by phone, apparently sometime after a press conference in the Trump Buzzfeed and CNN blow up in the media, including that ran leaked the story and speculated, it, the of Federal officials.
“James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report, it was illegal tweeted in circulation,” Trump. “Fake facts. Shame!”
On Wednesday, clapper is a rare statement released on rising tensions between the spy Agency chief and Trump, who believes that the intel community has been politicized and works to flush him. He also confirmed the contact with trump to Express directly the “deep dismay” about the leaks to CNN and Buzzfeed — the latter of which published the unverified allegations in full.
“I stressed that this document said the U.S. Intelligence Community product and I do not think that the leaks came from within the IC,” Clapper. “The IC is not a judgment, that the information contained in this document are reliable, and we rely on you in any way for our conclusions.”
Several media reported that the obscene material, originally compiled by a former British intelligence officer turned political consultant, was to Trump, when he was informed, was expressed in the intelligence community is the evidence of Russian hackers-the 2016 election.
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But Trump never received a summary of the unsubstantiated claims that Russian spies had collected compromising financial and personal information about him, a high-placed transition source told Fox News on Wednesday.
The source said that the intelligence officials informed Trump brought on Friday to the allegations verbally, but added that it “hardly mentioned on the edge.”
A government source told Fox News that the secret Trump, a heads-up, wanted to give services, that the allegations widely circulated, and many of the media sat on the story. The source said the claims not as a “Central element” of Trump’s briefing.
CNN first reported that Trump and President Obama were presented with a two-page summary of the detailed information about the allegations. The report said the summary was attached to a broader report on the Russian workers’ activities during the election in 2016.
On Wednesday, a press conference, Trump said that he had learned details of the allegations, “outside the meeting” with intelligence officials.
“It’s all fake news. It is fake stuff. It is not going to happen,” Trump said, later adding. “But I have read what was published and I think it is a shame. I think it is an absolute disgrace.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.