Flynn is one of a number of current and former Trump associates at the center of investigations into whether anyone close to the president helped Russian Federation interfere in the US election, and whether any crimes were committed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected allegations that his country influenced last year’s US presidential election, saying such an act “wouldn’t make sense” and that he hadn’t seen “any direct proof of Russian interference” that would have aided the election of Donald Trump. He said, as quoted by NBC, “Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes”.
Mr Putin again denied any Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election and any knowledge of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin ordered the disruption of the election.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is now investigating Flynn’s ties to foreign governments, and the retired general has been looped into the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the Trump’s campaign alleged Russian Federation relations.
Pushing back, Putin even referenced an old conspiracy theory about the US intelligence services masterminding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He also had an equally feisty reaction when asked if he had a dossier of information on Trump that he was using to blackmail the president.
After all, why would anyone think a man who spent years as a KGB foreign intelligence officer might gather information on powerful foreign business leaders when they are in his backyard?
He said that they did not have any relationship with Donald Trump, adding that the U.S. President used to visit Moscow, but he had never met him. You and I met up yesterday evening.
In the preview, the Kremlin chief was asked about the nature of his relationship with the retired US Army general who is the subject of several investigations at home. “Good job. Your lives must be boring”.
There’s been no final decision as to whether Trump would invoke executive privilege, and the matter remains under discussion, according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.
Putin also said it could have been the Central Intelligence Agency behind the hacking.
He accused the USA media of sensationalizing information and using it as a “weapon of war” against Trump. He quotes Trump as saying, “I hope you can let this go”. “They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skilfully and professionally, shifted the blame, as we say, on to Russian Federation”. I didn’t even really talk to him. “Are you all, have you all lost you senses over there”, Putin said, pushing back on Kelly’s question. Do you think I have the time to talk to our ambassadors all over the world every day? “That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn”, he said.
If that sounds a bit like Mr Putin is travelling up “Imagination Lane”, he offered up another conspiratorial spectacular last week, when he was asked whether Russian Federation was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria back in April. President Putin said Russian Federation is operating on a “democratic path” and was put off to be asked about that subject. Why, did we have some special relationship with him?