The Guardian reports:
The Kremlin has rejected as “fake news” reports that Donald Trump’s campaign team spoke frequently with high-ranking Russian intelligence agents over the course of last year. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said a New York Times report quoting former and current US officials contained only “anonymous information” and that it was “very hard to differentiate real from fake” news. Sources in the report were laughable, Peskov added.
“This is absolutely a newspaper report that isn’t based on any facts and that doesn’t point to any concrete facts,” he said. Conventional communications between Trump advisors and Russian officials were ongoing, Peskov said, adding that US diplomats travel around Russia and speak with Russian officials all the time. “This all has a place, it’s normal diplomatic practice,” he said.
Peskov’s language was echoed by Trump, who tweeted early on Wednesday morning that the “fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred”. Trump also said the “real scandal” was that classified information was being “illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy”.