In the latest salvo of the war between intel agencies and Trump, "U.S. officials" tell the Washington Post that communication intercepts after the elections captured Russians celebrating Trump's win and congratulating themselves on the outcome.

"The Russians felt pretty good about what happened on Nov. 8 and they also felt pretty good about what they did." -senior U.S. official.

A second official tells the Post Russian officials "were surprised as the rest of the world" that Trump actually defeated Clinton.

What is happening here: After Trump has repeatedly questioned the conclusions of intel agencies that Russia was behind hacking that damaged Clinton's campaign, spies are now leaking follow-up details that the Russians actually celebrated his win

What's next: Trump is to be briefed on the government's report on Russian involvement tomorrow

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