He's not even POTUS yet, and we have a potential YUUUUUGE! scandal involving Trump!
Here's the smoke. We don't know if there's a fire. Yet.
The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump. The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
One reason the nation's intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN.
Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo is a reliable, sensible source.
Go to the link and read more about this. While it's fun to make jokes about Trump, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that these are also serious allegations. Here's what Marshall says at the end of his report:
6. Some people are saying that we shouldn't be looking at these news reports through the prism of the credibility of the document but rather the intelligence community's retaliation or warning to Trump. I don't think we can rule that out. But as much as we may dislike Trump, intelligence agencies using the information they gather against an elected President is a very bad thing. We shouldn't lose sight of that. Of course, we should also not expect our spy apparatus to cover for presidential wrongdoing or leave the country vulnerable to foreign subversion. Regardless this is extreme high-wire behavior for the whole country, whatever the underlying facts. It's bad from every different direction that we're here.
7. A lot of the information in this document matches up pretty well with circumstantial evidence about Trump's business dealings with Russian oligarchs and organized crime, and the leverage they have over him.
Trump has claimed that he has no investments in Russia. That may be true, but we don't know (since he won't release his taxes, how can we be sure. Trump is on record as being a bullshi##er and a liar), but his son, Donald, Jr., is quoted in the July 29, 2016, Washington Post article on Trump's Russian connections saying this:
Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made that very claim at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, saying “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Trump may not have investments in Russia, but according to Donald Trump, Jr., Russia has investments in Trump, Sr.