Putin on U.S. election interference: 'I couldn't care less'

Marie Harrington
March 11, 2018

Putin also denied having close ties to businessman and restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of 13 Russians indicted by USA prosecutors for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the 2016 U.S. vote in favour of Donald Trump.

"Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked", Putin said.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect for Congress, you must have people with legal degrees, 100% you do", Putin said smiling.

"So what?. I don't care", Putin said in the interview.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

He said, 'This would be a global catastrophe for humanity but I, as a citizen of Russia and the head of the Russian state would like to ask you this - what do we need a world for if there is no Russia in it?'

Kelly said, "I would not say that Putin likes Trump".

Although Putin has not explicitly positioned himself as an anti-Semite, he has aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church, which drew headlines for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories late past year. Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television.

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"Maybe they're not even Russians", he continued - accepting Kelly's premise and not denying there was interference in the USA election.

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card, maybe the US paid them for this". "At least send us a piece of paper". "We don't encourage them, and we don't order them, but what I'm saying is that individuals could have used certain tools in other countries", he continued, "but they're not government officials".

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"

"First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others...."

A former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation has since said: "I feel like we sort of choked".

Putin smirked, looked away, then back at Kelly while holding in a laugh. Mr. Trump has said he never said Russian Federation did not meddle.

"In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data", Bloomberg said.

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