Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Putin: 'I didn't even really talk' to Flynn during dinner

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"No such proposal ever reached me". Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

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. The day before the interviews, "he and I had spent a good hour together, along with Prime Minister Modi of India, and exchanged all sorts of information about ourselves, our families", she said.

In the interview, Putin claimed that "a child" could have hacked the US election and also alleged Russian Federation may have been framed.

Speaking at Russia's flagship St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said the hacking accusations were no more than "harmful gossip" and any evidence cited by USA intelligence could easily have been faked. James Comey - who was sacked from his post as FBI director by Trump in May - told a congressional committee in March that the Federal Bureau of Investigation also was investigating "whether there was any coordination" with Trump's campaign.

Flynn has become a central figure in investigations by Congress and the FBI into potential ties to Russian Federation by the Trump administration and his campaign.

In response to questions about damaging information, Putin asks Kelly, "Have you all lost your senses over there?" He called the allegations "domestic political squabbles" and a line of attack against Trump.

A featured question involves President Trump in the session, which was taped in Saint Petersburg. "There weren't even any reports". There wasn't even any kind of specific discussion about sanctions or anything else.

PMr utin also said he had no idea if the Russian ambassador to Washington had held contacts with the Trump campaign before the November election. 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.

The dinner Putin referred to was a gala for the Russian state news agency, RT.

"I made my speech". Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards 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."That's it.

"I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States", he said.

The president fired Flynn in February for his failure to disclose contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and for lying to Vice President Mike Pence.

Asked if Russian Federation was involved in the hack, Putin said that USA authorities, including numerous intelligence agents and the congressional oversight committee, were "misled". "What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints?" They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia, even in America, Latin America. The two have spoken several times by phone since Trump's election.

Putin also pinned blame on the USA for interfering in other foreign elections. "We have a lot of Americans who visit us". "This is nonsense", the Russian president stressed.

"That's it", Putin said. "But, you know, I never met him".

"There wasn't anything to talk about", Putin said through an interpreter.

As far as the findings of US intelligence agencies, Putin said, "They have been misled".

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