Vice President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that the intelligence community briefed him and President Obama on the unverified report alleging President-elect Trump worked with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Biden confirmed intelligence chiefs told him and Obama about the report, which was published in full by BuzzFeed earlier this week. The officials were concerned it might leak, Biden said.
"As a matter of fact, the president was like, 'What does this have anything to do with anything?'" Biden said.
The intelligence leaders responded by saying, "Well, we feel obliged to tell you, Mr. President, because you may hear about it. We're going to tell (Trump)," Biden said.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a statement Wednesday night essentially confirming that the report had been included in intelligence briefings to Trump and Obama. Earlier in the day, Trump officials denied they had ever been told about the dossier.
Biden criticized Trump's ongoing derision of the intelligence community and said he'll regret comparing leaks from briefings to how the Nazis operated.
"The one thing you never want to invoke is Nazi, Germany, no matter what the circumstances," Biden said. "It's an overwhelming diversion from the point you're trying to make."