Putin denies close ties with former national security adviser Flynn

Putin denies close ties with former national security adviser Flynn

Putin denies close ties with former national security adviser Flynn

Mr Putin also said it was "nuts" to suggest the Trump administration had moved to ease economic sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Therefore, if someone, and I am not saying that it's us (we did not interfere), if anybody does influence in some way or attempts to influence or somehow participates in these processes, then the United States has nothing to be offended by", Putin said.

Putin once again denied any involvement in the US election during his interview with Kelly, instead floating the idea that the hackers were American.

President Putin said "no proposal like that came to me" involving Mr. Kushner and that it would have been reported to him if there had been "anything significant".

American police yesterday detained scores of pro-Trump protesters following street battles in Portland, Oregon. There have been questions about the communications between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Mr Putin again denied any Russian involvement in the United States presidential election and any knowledge of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

"There was no relationship whatsoever".

Mr Putin said he had never met Mr Trump, including during a visit by the property mogul to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. "There was not even a specific discussion of sanctions or something else", Putin said.

The Russian president also denied knowing former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, and he called allegations that the Russians have damaging information on Trump, such as financial data or other, "nonsense". The minister would have reported it to me. "This is nonsense", the Russian president stressed. And despite saying there had been no reports, Putin volunteered that “there was not even a specific discussion of sanctions or something else.” In a discussion moderated by Kelly on Friday, Putin said it was “nuts” to suggest the Trump administration had moved to ease economic sanctions on Russian Federation.

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.

The Russian leader said that at the anniversary party for Russian TV network RT in December 2015, his interactions with Flynn were brief and superficial. "You and I personally have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn", Putin told Megyn Kelly. "Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russian Federation", he said.

"I made my speech", Putin said, adding the two barely talked. Then we talked about some other stuff. And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman".

Then why did the USA intelligence services say it was the Russians? "I haven't seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States".

"What fingerprints or hoof- prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about?" he said. "You and I have been working together all day today, and now we're meeting again", the Russian president explained. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Kelly probed him about Russia's interference with the US election, to which he flat out denied any involvement. "And so, in this regard, even if we wanted to, it wouldn't make sense for us to interfere".

Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, was sacked by Mr Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term.

Putin denied that he had any knowledge of such encounters, at first telling Kelly that there "were no meetings" before clarifying that he had not been informed because there was "nothing to even talk about".

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