The report said that US officials didn't want the information about Trump, who didn't address the attempt to retrieve the classified National Security Agency material, which was considered extraordinarily important to intelligence operations. "It is all now starting to come out - DRAIN THE SWAMP!" he wrote. The Russian reportedly had "unverified and possibly fabricated information" on Trump and associates.
In his tweet, Trump appeared to refer to his long-standing accusation that intelligence agencies are trying discredit him by investigating his connections to Russian Federation.
"That's one of the bedeviling things about counterintelligence and the wilderness that it is - nobody wants to be caught in a position of saying we wrote that off and then five years later, saying, 'Holy cow, it was actually a real guy, ' " said Steven Hall, the former chief of Russian operations for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Several American intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian, who was suspected of having murky ties to Russian intelligence and to Eastern European cybercriminals.
The man initially asked for $10 million in exchange for the classified hacking tools data, which was stolen in 2017 by a group which calls itself Shadow Brokers, which was known to the NSA agents.
The Russian received the USA taxpayer cash in a Berlin hotel room in September as the first installment on the $1 million price tag set for what he claimed would be compromising material on the US president and a collection of NSA and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools stolen in 2016.More news: Spending Bill Needs House Approval to Avoid Government Shutdown
He was eventually told by the Central Intelligence Agency to leave Europe and not return. But I don't think anybody was sure that this met that standard. According to the newspaper, the hacker thanked them for the offer and left.
'According to the [New York Times], a Russian sold phony secrets on "Trump" to the US. Despite the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Trump on occasion has seemingly dismissed this analysis.
Possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation are now being scrutinized by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also investigating whether the president or any of his aides tried to obstruct an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
"He said he didn't meddle".
An explosive memo declassified by Trump more than a week ago shows that top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ used an unverified and politically motivated anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page. "And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it".
And looking back, it should have been obvious that the Russian never had any ties to sensitive information.