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Moscow denies having compromising information about Trump

  • FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov listens for a question during his news conference at the ASEAN Russia summit, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 denied allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, deriding the claim as a "complete fabrication and utter nonsense." (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

    FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov listens for a question during his news conference at the ASEAN Russia summit, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 denied allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, deriding the claim as a "complete fabrication and utter nonsense." (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday dismissed news reports as a "complete fabrication and utter nonsense." Peskov insisted that the Kremlin "does not engage in collecting compromising material."

A U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that intelligence officials had informed Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed to publicly discuss the matter.

After news reports were published about the briefing, Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"