A Russian official said Tuesday that allegations of Russian cyberattacks against the U.S. are fabricated.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference that U.S. intelligence agencies that tried to prove that Russia had ties to President-elect Donald Trump have “drawn a blank” and should be fired.
Lavrov called the former British spy who allegedly created the discredited dossier on Trump, Christopher Michael Steele, a charlatan during the press conference as well.
The 35-page dossier, describing Trump’s allegedly improper conduct in Russia, was commissioned last year by a Washington firm working for Trump’s primary opponents to find incriminating information on the billionaire business mogul. The document suggests that the Kremlin has information about Trump’s conduct and financial dealings that it could use to blackmail him. The document was circulated among Trump opponents over the summer, NBCNews said.