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August 21 2017, 06:38 | Irvin Gilbert
Were there meetings between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and members of the Trump campaign?
According to TV Line, Vladimir Putin told Megyn Kelly that hundreds of representatives from American companies visited Russian Federation, adding "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?" "And so in this regard, even if we wanted to, it wouldn't make sense for us to interfere".
Though a secret communications line was never established, the report raises questions amidst accusations that President Donald Trump and his team colluded with Russian Federation circulate.
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". 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, however, accused the United States of interfering in foreign elections. "Where would we get this information from?"
"We didn't have any relationship at all", he said.
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. And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman". "Who is talking? Who is taking offense that we are interfering?"
"All of them, all of them point to Russian Federation, and none of them points to anyone other than Russian Federation", she said.
Thursday, Putin suggested that free-spirited Russians hackers, behaving more like artists than espionage agents, could have broken into the Democratic National Committee computers. And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were now in Russian Federation.
"You and I, you and I personally", Putin told Kelly, according to a partial transcript released by the network.
Trump has also pushed back against the dossier, saying claims of it were generated by "sick people". During the course of their conversation, Kelly covered the current US justice department's investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 USA presidential election. You and I have been working together all day today. A picture of the two men was widely circulated after President Trump appointed Flynn as his adviser, and fueled speculation about Trump's ties to Russian Federation. "Good job. Your lives must be so boring".
"They have been misled", Putin told NBC.
Putin claimed the picture pretty much demonstrates "the extent of [his] acquaintance with Mr. Flynn". Putin attempted to flip the script by accusing the US of meddling in elections around the world. "No proposal like that came to me", Putin said, speaking via a Russian interpreter.