Megyn Kelly debuts on NBC Sunday night, features interview with Vladimir Putin

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

In an interview set to air Sunday, Russia President Vladimir Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly that hackers that could have influenced the USA presidential election might not have come from his home country.

Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, was sacked by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term.

"They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia ... even in America, Latin America", Putin told Kelly in a clip unveiled by NBC News.

Flynn was paid $45,000 to speak at the gala, and was placed in the "seat of honor" next to the Russian president.

The line was never established, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. "If Mr Flynn and I had this kind of interaction, while you and I, we have spent an entire day together, and Mr Flynn was sacked from his job, you then should be arrested and put in jail", the president joked.

Speaking at Russia's flagship St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said the hacking accusations were no more than "harmful gossip" and any evidence cited by USA intelligence could easily have been faked. Putin responded that the intelligence community have been "misled," and that hackers have been trying to cover their tracks by implicating the Russians.

Putin volleyed: "Load of nonsense". There's nothing to even talk about.

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The Virginia Democrat and other committee members are set to hear from fired FBI Director James Comey at a hearing Thursday.

Putin went on to refute the notions that he has damaging information about President Trump, or that the two leaders share any kind of "special relationship" with each other. And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman".

Regarding his relationship with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Putin said they were sitting next to each other at a dinner in Russian Federation and had little interaction. "I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the (U.S.) presidential election".

"You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn", Putin told Kelly in Russian, translated to English.

Putin also continued to deny that Russian Federation was involved in any way with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's email servers previous year. "He used to be in the security services", Putin said."That's it.

Flynn is one among a number of current and former Trump associates at the center of investigations into whether anyone close to the president helped Russian Federation interfere in the USA election, and whether any crimes were committed. He'll probably be asked about conversations with Trump about Russian election meddling and the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn has so far not been granted immunity in exchange for his testimony, and he has invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena.

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