Putin Tells Megyn Kelly Russians Indicted For Election Meddling Could Have Been Working For Americans


NBC released yet another segment from Megyn Kelly’s much-hyped exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin — in which she grilled him on the 13 Russians indicted for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Kelly appeared on the Today show Friday morning to discuss her sit-down with Putin in Russia following the Winter Olympics, and explained how she confronted the strongman over whether he ordered the meddling undertaken by his countrymen.

“Why would you allow an attack like this on the United States?” Kelly asked Putin.

“Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?”

“Nothing has changed since you and I talked last time in St. Petersburg. Some names have popped up,” he continued. “So what? They could just as easily have been the names of some Americans who are sitting here and interfering in your own political process.”

“But it wasn’t Americans,” Kelly shot back. “It was Russians.”

Kelly then went for the jugular, asking if the Russian people should be concerned that a million dollar cyber warfare campaign targeting U.S. elections was happening in Putin’s own hometown without his knowledge.

“The world is very large,” Putin replied, before addressing the 13 Russians that were indicted for meddling.

“You mentioned a number of names, some individuals,” he said. “And you’re telling me that they’re Russians.”

“So what? Maybe being Russian, they’re actually working for some kind of American company. Perhaps one of them used to work for one of the candidates. I have no idea. These are not my problems.”

Kelly’s full interview with Putin will air in an NBC News special, Confronting Putin, at 10 p.m. EST Friday night — she teased on Today that she managed to get in a question on Putin’s shirtless photos, so that’s obviously a must-watch.

Watch above, via NBC News.

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