Trump has repeatedly praised Putin and suggested he wants better relations with the government in Moscow. He's indicated he would review continuing sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and support of anti-government factions in Ukraine.
As recently as Monday, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with USA Today that the president-elect may consider rolling back some of the penalties Obama imposed on Russia for interfering in the U.S. election.
One of the memos published by BuzzFeed asserts that Russian intelligence agencies had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for at least five years, and that Russian operatives believed they had enough compromising information to blackmail him "if they so chose."
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Wednesday dismissed the allegations as "a complete fake," saying that Russia does not have any compromising materials on Trump or Clinton. "This is what's called 'pulp fiction,'" he said. "It's an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations."
(With assistance from Nafeesa Syeed, Steven T. Dennis and Ilya Arkhipov)
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