Putin has continuously denied direct Russian influence in the USA election, but earlier this week he said he wouldn't put the task past a "patriotic" Russian hacker.

A preview of NBC's interview with Mr Putin was released to the media on Sunday. She offers an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including any discussion about the Flynn investigation.

"It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin", Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador in Moscow from 2012 to 2014 and now an NBC News analyst said in April.

As far as the findings of US intelligence agencies, Putin said, "They have been misled". "Not for the United States, but the leadership".

In August 2016, Flynn said that he did not ask to sit next to Putin and wasn't concerned about how it looked with him sitting next to the Russian leader.

Putin also continued to deny that Russian Federation was involved in any way with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's email servers a year ago. Where would we get this information from? I didn't even really talk to him... "I was one of the guests there", he said. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin took his denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to a whole other level. You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president.

"We don't care who's the head of the United States".

Senators will be grilling fired FBI chief James Comey on Thursday about an Oval Office meeting in February at which, Comey later told aides, Trump asked him to end the investigation into Flynn and possible Russian Federation links, saying, "I hope you can let this go".

Intelligence experts have said Russian intelligence officials have a habit of trying to gather compromising information on influential foreigners when they visit.

Putin, for instance, dismissed Kelly's questions about repression and the killing of journalists in Russian Federation by saying it was another example of American moralizing. In fact, he said that USA hackers could have been the ones to frame Russian Federation.

"That sounds like a justification", Kelly said.

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