U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference
Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, claims President Trump borrowed money to prop up his real estate empire which was shaken by the financial crisis.
Just days before he took office, Trump insisted Russia had never had any leverage over him in response to the controversial dossier which alleged Russia possessed blackmail material on Trump.
The dossier included claims Trump watched prostitutes perform golden showers on a bed in a Moscow hotel room previously slept in by Barack and Michelle Obama.
Despite Trump’s denial of Russia’s leverage, Dearlove told Prospect Magazine ‘what lingers for Trump may be what deals – on what terms – he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian Money’ when he was reportedly unable to secure loans from American banks and lenders due to his history of bankruptcy.
Though it should be noted no evidence was offered to support Dearlove’s claim.
Dearlove left the government in 2004.
Congress are currently investigating Trump’s links to Russia and Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters across America to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Marches took place in about 150 US cities throughout today, with violent clashes with Trump supporters being reported in Berkeley, California.
Trump’s failure to publish his tax returns broke a long-held tradition during his presidential campaign, and later claimed that the public were not interested after he was elected.