US president-elect Donald Trump was last week presented with classified documents containing allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on him, local media reported Tuesday.
The allegations, which were also presented to President Barack Obama, were part of a report into Russian interference in last year’s election, said broadcaster CNN, which first reported on them.
The report included graphic details about Trump’s activities with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel which were filmed by the Russian secret service in order to potentially blackmail him in the future, the New York Times reported.
Details of the report were “widely known among journalists and politicians in Washington,” the newspaper said.
Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump with the information to make him aware that Russia’s claims were circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other top US officials, CNN added.
Late Tuesday, Trump tweeted “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Website Buzzfeed, which published the 35-page document online said that some of the information it contained was “unverified and potentially unverifiable.”
Buzzfeed also said the report included some “clear errors.”
According to CNN, the FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of the allegations which came mostly from Russian sources.
Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, told news website MIC the report was “absolutely silly.”
“It’s so ridiculous on so many levels. Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have,” Cohen told MIC.