Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn

Jun 05, 2017, 07:16

Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that he believes that American hackers could have interfered in the 2016 us election and been responsible for leaking documents during the campaign.

During an interview with the news network's Megyn Kelly, Putin stated through the NBC News translator: "Hackers can be anywhere". Where would we get this information from? "Are you all - have you all lost your senses over there?"

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election to hurt the bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton. "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia. even in America, Latin America", Putin said.

In several cases, Putin said he was not even aware of contacts reported in American media. "Where would we get this information from?" Did we have a special relationship with him?

We didn't have any relationship at all.

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Putin said he'd never met the president, including during a visit by Trump to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, and called the existence of a secret Russian dossier on Trump "just another piece of nonsense".

This charge - and even more damning suggestions that the Trump administration actually colluded in such an effort - are at the core of a high stakes probe by a U.S. special counsel and congressional committees. It has reportedly expanded to include the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, as well as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"Does Mr. Comey agree that that is what was said?"

"I'm being honest. Do you think that from all over the world and the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he eats with or meets with", Putin said. "There weren't even any reports". "For me, this is just awesome". And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president.

Among Putin's denials that the Russians had interfered in the US election, he had just offered up a moral logic for Russia - interfering in USA elections. He also alleged that the US actively interferes with electoral campaigns of other countries.

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"By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia", Putin added.

He then suggested that perhaps American hackers are to blame and found a way to divert the blame onto Russian Federation, pointing to a conspiracy theory about President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 to support his own idea. He used to be in the security services, ' That's it. That committee is expected to listen to Comey's testimony about the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling past year and Comey's private conversations with the president.

The officials say there's been no final decision and the matter remains under discussion. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.

On Sunday, Lawmakers from both parties urged Trump not to stand in the way of Comey's testimony.

Mr Flynn's ties to Moscow are under scrutiny in the United States amid allegations of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was also recently subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee, as was his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate intelligence committee. He'll probably be asked about conversations with Trump about Russian election meddling and the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a Special Prosecutor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the Russian Federation investigation last month.

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