'I DO NOT CARE': Vladimir Putin responds to alleged USA election interference

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told an American journalist that he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

When Putin was asked whether he was concerned that Russian citizens were undermining democracy in the US, he suggested his hands were tied.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect for Congress, you must have people with legal degrees, 100% you do", Putin said smiling.

"I don't care. I couldn't care less", he said, condescendingly.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

They planned to target Russian media with traffic to overload and shut down their websites, as well as launch counterattacks on websites created with the goal of spreading hacked material.

A source familiar with the matter did not contest the characterization, but said the Obama administration "timed its response so as to not provoke the Russians into materially affecting the outcome of the election".

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Although Putin has not explicitly positioned himself as an anti-Semite, he has aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church, which drew headlines for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories late past year. Putin asked in an often-combative interview with NBC News aired late on March 9. "The Russians are going to push as hard as they can until we start pushing back". Maybe they have dual citizenship or maybe a green card. Give us a document.

"It's like anti-Semitism", he said, comparing Russia's critics to people who would say things like "the Jews are to blame".

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away, influenced the outcome of the election?" "And we'll take a look at it".

US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November. We don't see what goal we can reach by doing something like that.

"In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data", Bloomberg said. "I do not know, either", the Russian leader said.

Putin told Kelly that Trump was "a businessman with vast experience" and "a quick study", though he's new to politics.

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