Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn

Posted June 12, 2017

He also had an equally feisty reaction when asked if he had a dossier of information on Trump that he was using to blackmail the president. Even though there was a time when Trump went to Moscow "I never met with him".

Megyn Kelly's Sunday night show on her new network, NBC, finally debuted over the weekend, and it did not disappoint. "I don't know. The routine job of an ambassador ― do you think that from all over the world, or from the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?"

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign inTrump's favour, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies.

He called the allegations "domestic political squabbles" and a line of attack against Mr Trump. “Even if we wanted to, it wouldnt make any sense for us to interfere, ” Putin said.

U.S. intelligence has accused Russian Federation of interfering in the election by hacking the Democratic Committee's computers and leaking information - a claim that Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Russian Federation is ready to listen to comments that are constructive with the goal of establishing a relationship "but we will absolutely not accept when these sorts of things are used as an instrument of political conflict", he said. "We didn't have any relationship at all".

Regarding his relationship with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Putin said they were sitting next to each other at a dinner in Russian Federation and had little interaction. A special counsel appointed by the Justice Department as well as congressional committees are investigating.

Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as the FBI are conducting simultaneous investigations into the prospect of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and collusion with associates of Donald Trump's campaign.

Putin said he didn't know anything about Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner attempting to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation.

Putin said he didn't have knowledge of meetings between Trump campaign officials and the Russian ambassador.

"Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", he said. "There weren't even any reports". "But, I repeat, we don't even have to do that". There was not even any kind of specific discussions about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just unbelievable. "You created a sensation out of nothing, and. you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president". He said there may have been non-Russian hackers from anywhere that simply blamed Russia. "But I frankly think we need to hear Mr. Comey's side and find out what other questions we need to ask". Officials at those organizations have said Putin personally "ordered an influence campaign" in an intelligence report ordered by former President Barack Obama. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues. "There's a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services", he explained.

The Senate intelligence committee has also invited the top spy of the United States and law enforcement officials to give evidence on Wednesday at a hearing about the federal law governing foreign intelligence collection.