Putin Interview: Did Russia Interfere in the US Election?

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that he had limited personal interaction with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, when asked by NBC's Megyn Kelly in an exclusive interview about the nature of their relationship - and a widely circulated December, 2015 photo that shows the two sitting next to each other at dinner during an event to celebrate Russian TV network RT (Russia Today).

Putin suggested that skilled hackers anywhere, including the USA, could shift the blame for hacking onto Russian Federation. It has reportedly expanded to include the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, as well as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Putin said many chief executives of major USA companies visit Russian Federation and "do you think we are gathering dirt on all of them now?" "I was one of the guests there", he said. He said there may have been non-Russian hackers from anywhere that simply blamed Russia. "He used to be in the security services" ... that's it.

The Russian president accused the USA of "actively interfering in electoral campaigns of other countries" while denying that Russia has any motive to do so. The Kremlin leader said that Democrats, having lost the election, were trying to put the blame on Russian Federation to cover for their own campaign failures.But he categorically insisted that "we don't engage in that at the state level".USA intelligence agencies have accused Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign aimed at tilting the November 2016 election in favor of Republican Donald Trump, who had pledged to boost ties with Moscow.Modi left for France late evening for the last leg of his four-nation tour that also took him to Germany and Spain besides Russian Federation. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues. "Not for the United States, but the leadership". In May, Flynn said he will plead the fifth and ignore a congressional subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee.

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She also joined a choir from Parrs Wood High School on stage to sing their version of her song, My Everything . The concert is expected to feature an all-star lineup, including Marcus Mumford, Miley Cyrus , and Coldplay.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican member of the intelligence committee, said Comey's testimony would be critical to address mounting questions about possible obstruction of justice.

"They might have read a certain article and if they are in the patriotic mood, then they start making their contributions the way they see it positive towards the Russian image", Putin said, according to an Associated Press translation. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also are expected to testify.

Trump could argue that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and had an expectation of privacy.

But Sen. Mark Warner tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "there's a lot of smoke". Some legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he's discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews. Blunt appeared on "Fox News Sunday".

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