Vladimir Putin says claims about Russian involvement in U.S. elections are untrue and that the United States actively interferes with elections in other countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that aired Sunday he does not have compromising information on President Trump and does not know where he is supposed to have acquired such material.
He is among those close to the Trump campaign now being investigated for ties to Russian Federation.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Mr Trump's favour, including by hacking into the e-mails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies. Here, she cited a number of cyber-hacking tools that USA intelligence has identified as having been used by Russian operatives.
Kelly confronted Putin with questions about his country's alleged involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election and the allegations that Russian Federation has compromising information on President Donald Trump.
Putin also said hed never met Trump, including during a visit by Trump to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, and called the existence of a secret Russian dossier on Trump just another piece of nonsense..
"There was a time when he used to come to Moscow", he continued. And then afterward I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman.
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The president said hundreds of American business executives come to Moscow every year and that he rarely sees any of them, including Trump, who was a business magnate before entering politics. "Had there been anything significant, he would have reported it to the minister, and the minister would have reported it to me", the Russian president said, "There's nothing to even talk about".
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, also a member of the committee, said she had several questions for Comey in light of various public statements about the ongoing FBI probe, including Trump's claim that the FBI director had said that Trump was not the subject of an investigation. President Putin said Russian Federation is operating on a "democratic path" and was put off to be asked about that subject. "Have you all lost your sense over there!?" "And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved". "We didn't have any relationship at all". "Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russian Federation", he said. "And in this regard, even if we wanted to it wouldn't make any sense for us to interfere".
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.
"Does Mr. Comey agree that that is what was said?"
Putin said he didn't have knowledge of meetings between Trump campaign officials and the Russian ambassador.
When the Senate intelligence committee in May demanded that Flynn provide a list of any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and transition, Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination and refused. At one point Putin openly mocked Kelly's line of questioning, saying "you people are so creative over there".