A Russian politician has threatened to “hit Donald Trump with our Kompromat” on state TV.
Speaking on Russia-24, Nikita Isaev, leader of the far-right New Russia Movement, said the compromising material should be released in retaliation over the closure of several Russian diplomatic compounds across the US.
When asked whether Russia has such material, Mr Isaev, who is also director of the Russian Institute of Contemporary Economics, replied: “Of course we have it!”
The forced closures are the latest in an intensifying exchange of diplomatic broadsides.
According to an Associated Press reporter at the scene, the firefighters were turned away by consulate officials on arrival.
People from inside the building were heard telling them that there was no problem and staff were burning items in a fireplace, the reporter said.
Michael Cohen’s email to Putin spokesman came during the U.S. presidential campaign.
The deal fell apart in January 2016 on the eve of the presidential primaries.