As Democrats continue to scrutinize the administration of President Donald Trump over meetings between his advisers and the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said officials of the campaign for Hillary Clinton campaign also met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.
"Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN. "There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary."
Peskov said that it's the job of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., to meet with politicians from both American parties to discuss international relations, not interfering with with political elections.
"But there were no meetings about elections -- electoral process … So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary's activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true,” Peskov said of Kislyak.
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Peskov also said that Putin never said he supported Trump.
"You would probably recall that President Putin, during election campaign, had never answered directly a question about his candidate of his support. He kept saying that we will respect a choice of American people," Peskov said.
But the Russian spokesperson did say that Putin was well aware of Clinton's tough words on Russia, while Trump seemed to have a warmer stance toward the country.
"The candidate Hillary Clinton was quite negative about our country in her attitude and in her program, declaring Russia being nearly the main evil in the world and the main threat for the United States," Peskov said. "And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, 'Yes, we disagree with the Russians ... in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.' Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, 'Yes, we disagree, but let's talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?'" he asked.
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Although the Russian government vehemently denies having anything to do with the U.S. presidential election of 2016, some Democrats continue to suggest that Clinton lost, at least in part, because of Russian interference.
Democratic Rep. Eric Salwell of California recently added a section to his congressional website that accuses several Trump officials of having nefarious ties to the Russian government, even of those ties are based solely on meetings with the Russian ambassador Kislyak.
And at Republican town halls across the country, lawmakers have been bombarded with questions about the unsubstantiated Russian allegations, reported USA Today.