President Trump on Saturday promoted a Friday New York Times report as evidence of the Washington establishment's work to undermine his presidency:
Trump's account was partly accurate. The story he referenced said "a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons." The money was the "first installment of a $1 million payout," and U.S. officials told the Times they were adamant they did not want the Trump-related materials, only the stolen security technology.
After the money was paid, however, the Russian only delivered "unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails, and purported Russian intelligence data." The American agents canceled the deal, concerned they were being used by Moscow to manipulate Washington.
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