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

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MOSCOW •Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has suggested that "patriotically minded" private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyber attacks past year that meddled in the United States presidential election.

'Can you imagine something like that?

He then suggested that perhaps American hackers are to blame and found a way to divert the blame onto Russian Federation, pointing to a conspiracy theory about President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 to support his own idea. "And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president", he said, referring to Trump. Well, this is, you know, you're just, you people are so creative over there. "Good job. Your lives must be boring". Trump himself has been dogged by questions about any business dealings with Russia as well as reports of a damaging Russian dossier. "I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation, and I appeal to the American side", Putin said, "help the newly elected president, the head of the United States administration".

"I never met with him", he said. "Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?" he said. "Have you all lost your senses over there?"

The leader also downplayed any interaction he had with former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn when asked about an image the pair sitting together at a dinner for a Russian television network in December 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is possible that American hackers were responsible for interference with the 2016 us presidential election and then framed Russia.

"No, I haven't... because if there had been something meaningful he would have made a report to the minister, and the minister would have made a report to me". Then we talked about some other stuff.

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Asked Friday if the White House might invoke executive privilege, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "That committee hearing was just noticed, and I think obviously it's got to be reviewed". He was involved in some things. "He used to be in the security services". that's it.

"[Putin] talked openly about his family, and it was off the record so I won't get into it, but he talked lovingly about his family", the NBC host said. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn".

"We have a lot of Americans who visit us", Putin said in an interview with NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly". "No such proposal ever reached me", the president said.

"Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism", Putin said. Many media observers were skeptical when Kelly announced her ambition to do long-form interviews with famous guests.

Putin's comments on Flynn came days before former FBI Director James Comey, fired by Trump in May, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It reminds me of anti-Semitism'.

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. Putin protested. "Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof".

Kelly, a ratings juggernaut at Fox News, left the cable channel last fall for an eight-figure paycheck and the promise of her own morning program and this type of serious weekend capper.

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