In fact, he said that USA hackers could have been the ones to frame Russian Federation.
U.S. intelligence officials have said Russian Federation tried to interfere in the United States election by hacking the Democratic Party, in order to help Donald Trump - a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. Putin insisted that the hackers could have tried to make it look like Moscow was behind the act.
"Hackers can be anywhere", Putin told Kelly in a clip of the interview released Friday. "There can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russian Federation".
They interfered.' It's like anti-Semitism: the Jews are to blame, "Putin said through a translator".
Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump's campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path". Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?
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When pressed by Kelly if there were any meetings between Kislyak and the Trump campaign, Putin said, "I have no idea".
In several cases, Putin said he was not even aware of contacts reported in American media. 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. And then afterwards I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. In May, Flynn said he will plead the fifth and ignore a congressional subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.
For Thursday's hearing, Trump could invoke executive privilege by arguing that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and that he had an expectation of privacy in getting candid advice from top aides.
Warner spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation". But legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he publicly discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews. That committee is expected to listen to Comey's testimony about the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling past year and Comey's private conversations with the president. "Trump's team was more efficient during the election campaign".