Putin dismisses U.S. claims about Trump, election

The Russian president said that had there been a proposal and it was appealing to the Russians, his foreign minister would have told him.

"Well, this is just another load of nonsense".

"I just find it fantastic how you created a sensation where there wasn't anything at all". You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. "Good job. Your lives must be boring". The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including one discussion in which Trump allegedly asked Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian contacts.

Mr Flynn was sacked in February after misleading the White House about his ties with Russia's envoy to the US.

A preview of NBC's interview with Putin was released to the media on Sunday. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russian Federation. Do you think, an ambassador from any place in the world or from the United States reports to me daily as to whom he meets with and what they discuss? "Have you all lost your senses over there?"

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"I made my speech. But I frankly think we need to hear Mr. Comey's side and find out what other questions we need to ask". And I got up and left. And then afterward I was told, 'You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. "He used to be in the security services", Putin said. Gesticulating at the wheel of a Mercedes with an interpreter sitting behind, Putin stresses Snowden is "not a traitor" and "did not give any information to another country that would have caused harm to his people". "I didn't even really talk to him.That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", Putin said.

A day earlier at an economic forum moderated by Kelly in St. Petersburg, Putin said it was possible that Russian hackers were merely in "high spirits" and chose to meddle in the USA election on behalf of their country.

USA intelligence agencies have accused Mr Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign to tilt last year's election in favour of Republican Donald Trump, after the billionaire pledged to boost ties with Moscow. Flynn reportedly informed the Trump transition team in early January of the investigation into his Turkey ties, which means the administration was aware of Flynn's vulnerabilities before Trump took office.

Days before a highly anticipated hearing, President Donald Trump appears unlikely to try and block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying, as a Senate panel pledged aggressive questioning into whether the president sought to obstruct a probe into his campaign's relationship with Russian Federation. But, I repeat, we don't even have to do that.

  • Alfonso Moody