After being showered by a consistent stream of news about the latest leak, I suppose it wouldn’t take a whiz to predict this story would be today’s number one (thankfully, there have been no reports related to number two). OK, with that voided from my system, let’s get to Trump’s fiery first press conference as president-elect. He defended himself against the stories about his connections with Russia, slammed the press (refusing to entertain a question from CNN), outlined his plans to hand his business over to his sons, reiterated his determination to repeal and replace Obamacare, insisted there would be a border tax levied against US corporations that move jobs abroad, claimed big pharma is getting away with murder (which plunged some of their stock prices), and promised, once again, to be “the biggest jobs creator God ever created” (a biblical moment that can be found in the Genesis section of Breitbart’s printing of the Old Testament).
+ Here is the CNN report that caused a major uproar yesterday: “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” Just after the CNN story broke, Buzzfeed (referred to as “garbage” by Trump in the presser) decided to publish an unverified dossier on Trump that had been swirling around among some politicians and journalists for several weeks. It contained allegations about “golden showers” and other unsavory acts. (Other outlets chose not to publish it). Trump conflated the two reports (CNN’s and Buzzfeed’s) in his press conference, and attacked both outlets as producing fake news (insert outtake of the obvious Alanis Morrissette song here).
+ Are any of the details in the dossier true? We don’t know and one can easily argue that Buzzfeed should have held off sharing it. But the wider story is anything but fake news. Here’s The Guardian on how the intelligence was shared: John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI.
+ In a move unlikely to repair their already strained relationship, Trump lashed out at intel agencies for leaking the information and asked, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
+ Digg has a roundup of everything you need to know about the new reports on Trump’s alleged Russian connections.
+ Wired’s Andy Greenberg: How Spy Agency Vets Read That Bombshell Trump Report: With Caution.