Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

Mr Putin denied having any compromising material about the U.S. President. "All of them, all of them point to Russian Federation, and none of them points to anyone other than Russian Federation". In May, Flynn said he will plead the fifth and ignore a congressional subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. Some conspiracy theorists think they might have killed JFK, so you can't trust those guys.

"Therefore, if someone, and I am not saying that it's us (we did not interfere), if anybody does influence in some way or attempts to influence or somehow participates in these processes, then the United States has nothing to be offended by", Putin said. If the theory can't be ruled out, "then what could be easier, in this day and age, than using all the technical means at the disposal of the intelligence services, and using those means to organize some attacks and then pointing the finger at Russian Federation".

The conversation later turned to a pre-campaign dossier that was purportedly collected on Trump.

"I have no idea", he replied, growing visibly angrier.

"It wouldn't make sense for us to interfere", he said.

Putin said he didn't know anything about Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner attempting to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation. "I know I am walking into a trap". No proposal like that came to me.

He had similar dismissive answers to Kelly's questions about Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser who was sacked after a brief stint in the White House. "And I got up and left", Putin told Kelly.

He said: "Well, this is just another load of nonsense". "He used to be in the security services", Mr Putin said. "And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved".

- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he barely interacted with Michael Flynn, who was sacked this year as White House national security adviser, at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

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"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side", Putin added.

After all, why would anyone think a man who spent years as a KGB foreign intelligence officer might gather information on powerful foreign business leaders when they are in his backyard? Even his astonished comment that Americans have "lost their senses" for thinking Russian Federation might gather compromising information on American businessmen in his country sounded disingenuous.

As the Washington Post notes, Russian intelligence officials actually are known to gather compromising information on influential foreigners who enter the country.

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Vladimir Putin has had what's being described by NBC as "a fascinating conversation" with the network's new host, Megyn Kelly, in which they discussed "a range of subjects, from sanctions to Syria", as well as Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics.

"Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?" he said.

"What the experts say is that this couldn't have been faked", Kelly said.

"It reminds me of anti-Semitism", he said.

In response (again to Kelly), he suggested that she and other Western journalists had colluded with Western governments by refusing to travel to the area and reveal the truth.

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