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Putin denies election attack but justifies DNC hack because 'it is true'

Putin denies election attack but justifies DNC hack because 'it is true'

"First of all, Russia, as a state, has never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States, let alone its elections", Putin said.

President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 election. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Mr Trump said.

Asked about those attacks, Trump said: "My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Some Republicans in Congress were more tepid - Thom Tillis and Richard Burr focused their criticism on Russian Federation and not Trump in statements late Monday. So you have some back and forth there within the US administration.

Former homeland security advisor to Trump and ABC News contributor Tom Bossert, who said he hopes the president did not mean to imply he trusts Putin over his own intelligence officers, agreed with Coats. He said Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 election makes the US 'look like a pushover'.

Senator Susan Collins said Trump's "position is untenable", while Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, also a Republican, outlined Russian aggression on several fronts and said the United States "will not tolerate hostile Russian activities against us or our allies".

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"There is no question that Russian Federation attacked our democracy in 2016 by interfering in the election, as our American intelligence community long ago concluded", Smith said in a prepared statement. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", said Ryan in a statement.

Putin also denied having compromising information or "dirt" on Trump, as some of the American leader's detractors have claimed.

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Since then, the evidence of Russian interference has become stronger.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people".

Asked on the Miranda Live program on Tuesday whether Mr Trump was a traitor, Mr Turnbull said: "Of course not".

Mr Trump also appeared to embrace Mr Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with U.S. prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted.

Of course dialogue between Russian Federation and the United States - on Syria, nuclear disarmament, Iran, Crimea and others matters - is desirable, even essential.

Even when critics were more muted, they still rebuffed the equivalence Trump drew between domestic intelligence and Putin's remarks. Sen.

With this tension, Tchantouridze says Americans should not be too anxious but he says do keep in mind that most of Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles target the Northeast, as they see it as a seat of power for the country.

FILE PHOTO: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) looks on at a press conference about the National Defense Authorization Act in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017.


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