'Your lives must be boring', says Putin, slamming Kushner proposal allegations

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.

While White House officials said in the days after Comey's dismissal that it was largely the result of a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing the FBI director's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, Trump suggested in the NBC interview that the Russian investigation played a role in his decision.

When Kelly asked about Russian interference in the election during the panel, Putin likened the accusations to prejudice.

He's expected to be questioned Tuesday about Trump's alleged efforts to get him to drop the probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - an investigation that concerns Michael Flynn.

"I made my speech, and then we talked about some other stuff, and then I got up and left", Putin said of the dinner. "And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved".

"Now we can blame it all on him and American imperialism", Putin said, laughing.

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. Very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russian Federation.

"Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russian Federation". He added: "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Have you all lost your sense over there?"

Vladimir Putin has denied that he had any close connections to Donald Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, despite a photo of them dining together.

The Russian president once again deflected suggestions that his government covertly oversaw a hacking operation that swayed the election toward Republican candidate Donald Trump. And then afterward I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. "I have no idea", he said at one point, exhibiting an impressive lack of curiosity about what's happening within his own government. He used to be in the intelligence services.' That's it.

Who knew Vladimir Putin could be such a kidder.

He asks Putin whether, as a former KGB agent, he despises Snowden, who was given refuge in Russian Federation after he initiated one of the largest data leaks in USA history. I didn't even really talk to him.

Before the other stories - one was about a drug company whistle-blower while the other focused on the plight of African elephants - Kelly began the hour with her highly publicized interview with Putin.

"It's just that French journalists asked me about those hackers".

Putin also said he had no knowledge of a report by multiple us media outlets of a proposal by Trump son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

Kelly also touched upon recent reports that Kushner spoke to Kislyak during the transition period about setting up a secret communications back channel between Trump and Moscow using Russian facilities.

  • Zachary Reyes