Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, election

05 June, 2017, 07:15 | Author: Brittany Bishop

"I am not aware of such a proposal", Putin said in an interview for NBC News' "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" conducted in St. Petersburg on June 2 and broadcast on Sunday.

Putin dredged up conspiratorial musings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, saying if US intelligence services were capable of killing him, then they could have easily framed anyone for the election hacks - a theory now common among Trump and his supporters, who argue the "deep state" is sabotaging him for threatening global power-brokers.

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 US history. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russian Federation.

"Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?"

During the interview with NBC, Mr Putin also reportedly suggested the Central Intelligence Agency may have framed Russian Federation for the hacking. The pair met on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Peru in November, weeks after Trump's upset election win.

Trump has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation a "witch hunt" created to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win.

He also rejected as "another load of nonsense" claims that the Kremlin had any damaging information on President Trump.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election. "I was one of the guests there", he said.

"And they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety", he said. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying.

Putin, for instance, dismissed Kelly's questions about repression and the killing of journalists in Russian Federation by saying it was another example of American moralizing.

After Comey's dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was sacked for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Flynn has so far not been granted immunity in exchange for his testimony, and he has invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena.

Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the anniversary gala for the Russia Today television network.

"I made my speech. And I got up and left", Mr Putin said.

He added: "And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman".

"There's a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services", he said. "I didn't even really talk to him", Putin said.

"You and I personally have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn", he said to Kelly, according to a clip of the interview that ran on Meet the Press Sunday.

In the interview, Putin also said he had only a brief and passing acquaintance with former USA national security adviser Michael Flynn, though the two sat next to each other at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

NBC News has reported that Flynn is considered a formal "subject" of the Russian Federation probe, which includes a deep look at his business interests, though no evidence has surfaced into the current public sphere that links him to the election meddling effort and his lawyers say he did nothing wrong.


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