Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 8:44
As the world continues to wonder what role Russian Federation might have played in last November's presidential election, Megyn Kelly sat down with the country's leader, Vladimir Putin, for a feisty interview that aired on her new NBC show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said hackers trying to influence last year's USA election "could have been from anywhere", questioning findings by American intelligence that Russia was behind the operation.
The interview with Putin - conducted last week during an economic forum in St. Petersburg - was the opening segment in the debut episode of "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly".
"I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings but the United States, everywhere, all over the world actively interferes in the electoral campaigns of other countries", he said.
Putin also said that those who uploaded the documents to WikiLeaks chose to do so when it was convenient for them after taking into consideration political developments. "It was all done by the people who wanted to blame him for it", Putin said.
Asked Friday if the White House might invoke executive privilege, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "That committee hearing was just noticed, and I think obviously it's got to be reviewed". Putin said. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs". "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia.even in America, Latin America".
The US intelligence community found that Putin ordered an organized campaign to hack the US election and disseminate fake news meant to swing the election in Trump's favor. The compounds are directly related to the scandal that tripped up Michael Flynn, Oliver said, describing Flynn as "a man whose very face answers the question, 'What if an eagle hated Muslims?'"
An oft-published photo of him sitting next to Mr Putin at a gala dinner seems to hint he had close relations.
The contacts Flynn and other Trump aides had with Russian officials and bankers are drawing intense scrutiny, particularly after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian hackers meddled in the American election.
Putin once again denied any involvement in the USA election during his interview with Kelly, instead floating the idea that the hackers were American.
Putin dismissed claims that he had a personal relationship with Flynn, even though they sat next to each other at a 2015 dinner for Russian TV network RT.
"I never met with him". He was involved in some things. He quotes Trump as saying, "I hope you can let this go". "He used to be in the security services". that's it.
"I was one of the guests there", he told the Post.
"Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?" Putin asked. "We didn't have any relationship at all".