WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says his team will have a “full report on hacking within 90 days.” He’s again dismissing as fake a document alleging Russia has potentially compromising personal and financial information on him.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that the dossier includes “totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS!”
He said the report was “released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be.”
Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele produced the memo containing the unsubstantiated claims concerning personal and financial activities by Trump, CBS News confirmed.
Steele works for Orbis Business Intelligence, a private investigation firm in London, CBS News reported. Orbis was originally hired by Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research firm working for an unknown client, according to CBS News.
The U.S. intelligence community included a summary of the information in a classified briefing last week to Trump, CBS News has learned. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also received the briefing.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Trump said it was “disgraceful” that “intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake leak out.”
“A thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had, and it should certainly never have been released,” Trump said. “It was a group of opponents who got together, sick people, and they put that crap together.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement later that he had spoken with Trump Wednesday evening and told him he does not believe any leaks came from the intelligence community.
Clapper said he had told Trump the intelligence community “has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”
In another tweet Friday morning, Trump said Democrats shouldn’t be “complaining” about the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton because she is “guilty as hell” and shouldn’t have been allowed to run for president in the first place.
“Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her.”
Trump adds that Clinton lost because she “campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!”
Trump seems to be responding to a Justice Department inquiry into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, and the FBI’s decision to release information about the review days before the election. Clinton aides have blamed the FBI for influencing voters.
And a leading Democrat unleashed a stunning attack against Trump Friday, and said the Russians helped destroy Clinton’s candidacy.
“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people, but this is going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia). “I don’t see the President-elect as a legitimate president.”
Trump will be sworn in Friday in a ceremony Clinton plans to attend as a former first lady.
Meanwhile Friday, Trump also addressed Obamacare, which was being dismantled by Congress Friday.
He said, “Repeal and replace is going great.”
The House of Representatives on Friday passed a measure in a first step to repeal Obamacare. It adopted a House-Senate measure to make it easier for a subsequent “Obamacare” repeal bill to advance through the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.
The House approved the resolution in a 227-198 vote.
And in a town hall meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) reassured people worried about losing their health care.
“Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?” said cancer patient Jeff Jeans.
“Oh, we wouldn’t do that,” Ryan said. “We want to replace it with something better.”
Back at Trump Tower on Friday, there was another surprise. Comedian Steve Harvey came to discuss inner-city problems and mentoring with the president-elect.
Trump and Harvey appeared together for a brief minute outside the Trump Tower elevators. Harvey joked about his dream guests for his show.
“The Trump’s being on ‘Family Feud’ against the Obamas — that’d be good. Or how about the Clinton’s?” Harvey said. “If I could set it up, it would be skyrocketing in the ratings.”
Trump took a few questions, including one about how his cabinet nominees seem to differ with him on topics like Russia.
I told them be themselves, and say what you want to say, and don’t worry about me, and I’m going to do the right thing whatever it is,” Trump said. “I may be right and they may be right.”
In the meantime, President Barack Obama, in an interview with Steve Kroft to be seen on “60 Minutes” Sunday, said the people have spoken and it is time to move forward.
“I think everybody has to acknowledge — don’t underestimate the guy, because he’s going to be 45th President of the United States,” Obama said. The one thing I’ve said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms; certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.”
The Trump team said Gen. Michael Flynn, who will head up the National Security Agency, has talked with Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. by phone on several occasions.
A Trump spokesman said it was to arrange a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump once he becomes president.
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