Moscow’s Ritz Carlton Hotel is named in a dossier containing allegations of compromising material on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reportedly collected by Russian operatives. Trump dismissed claims reported by media outlets as “unsubstantiated”.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JANUARY 11, 2017) (REUTERS) – A dossier containing reports on compromising material Russian operatives allegedly had collected on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reportedly names Moscow’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, near the Kremlin, as a location of interest.
The Russian dossier that emerged late on Tuesday (January 10) was first reported by CNN. BuzzFeed published the full document.
Two U.S. officials said the allegations, which one called “unsubstantiated,” were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was presented last week to Trump and to U.S. President Barack Obama.
Trump on Wednesday (January 11) called the dossier that makes salacious claims about him in Russia “fake news” and “phony stuff.”
Addressing reporters on a conference call on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the dossier containing the claims was a hoax which had been dreamt up to further harm U.S.-Russia relations, which are already at their lowest level since the Cold War.
The President-elect takes office on Jan. 20.