A Kremlin spokesman is blasting U.S. intelligence reports claiming Russia is behind the election hacking as “ridiculous” and branding an unverified memo connecting Donald Trump with Moscow as “pulp fiction.” In a sit-down interview Thursday with NBC News, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov forcefully denied Russia had tried to influence the presidential election in an effort to help Trump win the White House. The report “is a ridiculous thing, nothing else … it does not contain any proofs, any evidence,” Peskov said.
Trump had for weeks refused to publicly accept the U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia directed the hacking of Democratic National Committee computer files in order to meddle in the election. But for the first time Wednesday, Trump told reporters that he accepted that assessment.
Peskov said Trump is “definitely wrong” for changing his tune.
But Trump lambasted as “fake news” an unverified dossier, which is not an intelligence document and was widely shared online, claiming that the Russian government had compromising information about the president-elect. The dossier was written by a former British spy on behalf of Republican opponents of Trump’s but was later shopped to the media by Democrats.