Gerber: No Kremlin spokesman is going to say "Yes, we have this compromising material on the president-elect"

PONARS Eurasia
18 Jan 2017

(WPR) A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor says people shouldn't expect the truth anytime soon about the authenticity of the dossier containing unsubstantiated information about Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the allegations "total nonsense" Tuesday and a complete fabrication to "undermine the legitimacy" of the president-elect before he's sworn into office Friday.

Putin went on to call Trump's political enemies "worse than prostitutes" for disseminating the dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele. [...]

Ted Gerber, a UW-Madison sociology professor and director of the school's Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, said it's not surprising Putin denied the allegations of the kompromat.  

"No Kremlin spokesman is going to come out and say, 'Well, yes, of course we have this compromising material on the president-elect,' and, 'Yes, we tried to interfere with the U.S. election,'" Gerber said. [...]

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