Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the United States government to provide evidence his citizens meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing the allegations as nothing more than “yelling and hollering” in Washington.
By – Jessica Schladebeck
“I have to see first what they’ve done. Give us materials, give us information,” Putin said in a recent interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly.
Special counsel Robert Mueller in February charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities with conspiring to interfere in the United States presidential election with a social media smear campaign.
When asked whether Moscow would take action against the suspects, Putin said he could not “respond to that if they do not violate Russian law.”
Kelly cited hacking the DNC as well as Mueller’s recent charges, only to be brushed off by Putin.
“With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect to Congress, you must have people with legal degrees,” he said. “One-hundred percent you do, and people who are well-educated, who must understand that we, Russia, cannot prosecute anyone if they have not violated Russian law. If you don’t have a legal degree, I can explain to you.”
Kelly, a former corporate defense attorney, informed the Russian president she did indeed have a law degree.
“Then you have to understand what it takes is an official request to the general prosecutor of the Russian Federation. Give us a document. Give us an official request,” he told her.
“This has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress.”
The interview comes after Putin announced a slew of new nuclear weapons, some of which still have “to be fine-tuned and worked on” while others are “already battle ready.”
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