Putin Interview: Did Russia Interfere in the US Election?

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes", Putin said. "They aren't analyzing the information in its entirety".

Speaking to NBC News' Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, Mr Putin said he recalled the dinner in question as a routine event. Yes, Ms. Kelly's new show is titled "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", and her first efforts are robust.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no knowledge of a reported pre-inauguration proposal by Jared Kushner - US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide - to set up a secret, bug-proof communications channel with the Kremlin. "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia.even in America, Latin America". When Kelly asked him about allegations of Russian involvement in the campaign, he replied with a conspiracy theory about the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

"Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the president of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the president and his closest associates", said Sen. So, if this theory is correct - and that can't be ruled out - " then the same agencies could fabricate evidence of Russian hacking, Putin said. "There weren't even any reports". "But, you know, I never met him". "No such proposal ever reached me".

The president said that if there had been something meaningful the ambassador would have made a report to the Foreign Minister, and the minister would have made a report to him but there have been none. "For me, this is just fantastic". And proceeded to turn that sensation into a tool for fighting the sitting president.

Comey probably will be asked about conversations he had with Trump concerning Russian election meddling and the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Putin said that he had not sat in the seat for much of the dinner, and that he barely spoke to Flynn. Do you think I have the time to talk to our ambassadors all over the world every day? "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", he said.

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USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump's favor, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies.

The idea of a damaging Russian file on Trump "is just another piece of nonsense", Putin said.

Flynn was forced to resign from his position as national security adviser when The Washington Post reported in February that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation. He added: "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?" Putin asked, before saying: "Have you all lost your senses?"

Intelligence experts have said Russian intelligence officials have a habit of trying to gather compromising information on influential foreigners when they visit. One of the things I learned was that Putin has no respect for the United States leadership. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were now in Russian Federation.

At another point, Putin answered Kelly's questions about Russia's role in the election by saying that the United States had sought to influence other nations' elections in the past.

The Russian president accused the US of "actively interfering in electoral campaigns of other countries" while denying that Russia has any motive to do so.

"There wasn't anything to talk about", Putin said through an interpreter. "It sounds like a statement of fact".

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