Vladimir Putin sat down with Megyn Kelly for an interview, which aired on Friday during NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and claimed there has yet to be hard evidence proving Russian nationals meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Putin also said that all information put forward so far, including indictments against 13 of them, only results to ‘yelling and hollering.’
He went on to say Mueller’s indictment has put forth evidence that doesn’t prove any interference and is lacking in information to prosecute on.
‘I have to see first what they’ve done. Give us materials, give us information,’ he said.
Via Daily Mail: The 13 Russians were charged with an array of crimes but it has never been expected that they would be extradited to face justice.
What Putin ignored in the questioning from Kelly – or what has been shown of it so far – is whether he not he ordered the meddling himself.
He has close ties to the head of the meddling operation, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who started the troll factory before Trump announced his campaign as a vehicle to spread pro-Kremlin material on social media.
He then seemed to shift his argument to say that he would only hold the people responsible if they had broken Russian laws, ignoring any US laws which they may have been in breach of.
‘You must have people with legal degrees 100 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,’ he said.
Kelly, a former lawyer before becoming a journalist, rebutted, ‘I do!’
Putin continued: ‘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.
‘This has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress.’
The rest of the interview is going to be stretched out over a couple of days, Lester Holt revealed. Watch the interview above.