Donald Trump has denied claims that Russia sought to cultivate and compromise him, after unverified allegations about his personal conduct and ties to Moscow spilled out into the open on Tuesday, just ten days before his inauguration.

CNN reported on Tuesday evening that US intelligence agency officials shared a written synopsis of a dossier containing lurid but unsubstantiated personal claims about Mr Trump, allegedly compiled by Moscow, when they met the president-elect on Friday to brief him on their assessment that Russia interfered in the US election.

Mr Trump responded with a tweet in capital letters, writing: “FAKE NEWS — A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

Mr Trump’s team did not immediately comment further on CNN’s reporting, or the details of the report, which was published in full by BuzzFeed.

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