Jan 10 2017
06:40 pm

By Ken Bensinger (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Miriam Elder (BuzzFeed News Reporter) Mark Schoofs (BuzzFeed News Investigations Editor)
Buzzfeed article

A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Barack Obama and Trump.

Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.

Further Reading
PDF of dossier found here

Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic at lawfareblog - About that Explosive Trump Story: Take a Deep Breath

Julian Borger in Washington for the Guardian - FBI chief given dossier by John McCain alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts

See also Adam Khan's and Sarah Kendzior's efforts attempting to connect dots using publicly disclosed documents from Financial Times investigative unit and other sources

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bizgrrl's picture

Is anyone going to get off

Is anyone going to get off the pot and investigate this thoroughly? .

Min's picture


I see what you did there.

R. Neal's picture

Without comment... (link...)

Without comment...


cafkia's picture

I expect the internet will be

I expect the internet will be a steady stream of Goldengate puns for a while. Of course, it will be derided as yellow journalism and some of it will miss the mark. I just hope the leak does not get worse because, the potential exists for this to turn into a really shitty situation.

Andy Axel's picture

Well, not for everyone

but at least for the Goldwater Republicans.

lml's picture

I laughed so hard I pee'd myself

Whizz-bang, Stephen Colbert's monologue last nite hit the mark. (link...)

And on another note, were Jim Acosta and George Clooney separated at birth?

Mike Knapp's picture

CJR - Buzzfeed was right to publish dossier

Vanessa M. Gezari, CJR managaing editor - BuzzFeed was right to publish Trump-Russia files

Several aspects of the mainstream media’s reaction demand further scrutiny. Some critics seem to be saying that unless the information in an intelligence briefing or other leaked document can be independently verified by reporters, it shouldn’t be published. But did reporters independently verify all the allegations against Hillary Clinton and her allies contained in the emails released by WikiLeaks? An October story in The Hill details the allegation that Donna Brazile passed a debate question to the Clinton campaign, and contains this caveat in the fourth paragraph: “The emails, which have been made public in batches by WikiLeaks, have been largely unconfirmed and are believed to have been stolen by Russian intelligence.” Brazile and CNN denied the allegations. Why was it acceptable to publish that story based on an email, and not documents whose content intelligence officials considered important enough to share with the president and president-elect?

ANGRYWOLF's picture

Do I think Trump and his organization are in cahoots

with the Russians ? Yes.
Do I think they conspired with the Russians against HRC ? Yes.
Will it ever be proven ?
If there is some kind of documented evidence Putin has it locked up tight.Getting it out of Russia to the US is something I don't think James Bond could do.
Maybe in a few years someone in Russian security will be complacent and a defector could gain access to it and get it.But by then it will be way too late to be of any practical use.
It could severely damage the Republican party.People who supported Trump like Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black.
But by then Trump will likely be out of office.I doubt he could be charged with Treason but who knows.
Hmm.So people are looking up golden showers. lol.

Somebody's picture

There are two ends to every

There are two ends to every telephone call, you know?

Mike Knapp's picture

Enpanel select committee/indy commission with subpoena powers

If this is true...
Kim Sengupta Defence Editor in the Independent - Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months

By late July and early August MI6 was also receiving information about Mr Trump. By September, information to the FBI began to grow in volume: Mr Steele compiled a set of his memos into one document and passed it to his contacts at the FBI. But there seemed to be little progress in a proper inquiry into Mr Trump. The Bureau, instead, seemed to be devoting their resources in the pursuit of Hillary Clinton’s email transgressions.

The New York office, in particular, appeared to be on a crusade against Ms Clinton. Some of its agents had a long working relationship with Rudy Giuliani, by then a member of the Trump campaign, since his days as public prosecutor and then Mayor of the city.

As the election approached, FBI director James Comey made public his bombshell letter saying that Ms Clinton would face another email investigation. Two days before that Mr Giuliani, then a part of the Trump team, talked about “a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next few days. We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn things around”.

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