Russian Federation to grant Comey asylum if U.S. persecutes him: Putin
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:10
Then he is not the head of a special service, he is a human rights activist defending a certain stance.
Putin also jokingly suggested he could offer political asylum to fired FBI director James Comey - who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation - comparing him to fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has asylum in Russian Federation.
Comey said the administration had told lies and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him.
He compared Comey's move to that of NSA contractor Edward Snowden, adding on a sarcastic note that Russian Federation could grant Comey political asylum.
He added, "By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russian Federation for him as well". But he displayed rather detailed knowledge of what Comey had said, noting that he had not provided evidence of alleged Russian meddling in the US election.
Following the revelation, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz called for finding out whether by leaking sensitive information the ex-FBI head violated the law.In May, Trump fired Comey over what he believed was poor handling of the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private server and email scandal.
"Of course this is evidence of the continuing domestic political battle in the USA, but it is completely out of nowhere".
The Russian president described the allegations of Russian meddling in the USA election as reflection of "exacerbating political infighting".
On the phone-in show, Putin said that one grandson was born recently, to applause in the studio, while another is "already in preschool".
The Kremlin has always denied the claims, saying there was no "direct" proof that Moscow meddled in the US presidential election.
He said that the sanctions have given Russian Federation an incentive to shed its dependence on oil and gas exports and "switch on our brains and talents" to develop other industries.
"The experience of deploying our troops and newest weapons in combat conditions is absolutely priceless", Putin said, explaining that the Russian troops have acquired a "different quality" and some units operated very effectively.
Trump later contradicted his own staff and acknowledged on May 11 that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe.
While it was not clear if Putin's offer was serious or not, many justifiably considered it a joke, give the prominent role Russian Federation is playing in discussions of American politics today.