Did Russian President Vladimir Putin collect damaging information on President Donald Trump? There can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States. "I don't know. The routine job of an ambassador ― do you think that from all over the world, or from the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?"
Comey is also likely to be asked by lawmakers about Trump's assertion that the former FBI chief told him three times that he was not under investigation as part of the federal probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.
He also alleged that the USA actively interferes with electoral campaigns of other countries.
In the clip, Kelly asks Putin about Russia's purported attempts to influence the 2016 election. "By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russian Federation", the president said.
One thing seems clear from Putin's rhetorical marathon this week: He really wants to see an end to what he calls "Russophobia" as well as allegations of election meddling in the United States. "That's completely nonsense! Do you even understand what you're asking, or not?" he said. "No such proposal ever reached me".
Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump's campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path".
Kelly, who made her NBC News debut Thursday with an appearance on the "Today" show, reported from St. Petersburg.
Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump's son-in-law and close advisor, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.
President Donald Trump is leaning against invoking executive privilege to try to block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying about their private conversations regarding an investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, two administration officials said Sunday.
Flynn was sacked by Trump in February after offering misleading descriptions of conversations he had had with Kislyak.
"They have been misled, and they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety", Putin told Kelly. And I got up and left.That's it. He used to be in the security services, ' That's it.
"That's it", he said.
"This sums up my entire acquaintanceship with Mr Flynn".
Other guests at the table included Jill Stein, the US Green Party presidential candidate, and Cyril Svoboda, a former Czech deputy prime minister.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials have also told NBC News that Putin was personally involved in the Russian effort to interfere with the U.S. election and how the information was used.