GOP senator says Trump served with info out

"I never met with him. And I got up and left", Putin told NBC News' "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" program. "Are you all - have you all lost your senses over there?"

An adviser to Trump's campaign and prominent speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn was sacked less than four weeks after Trump's inauguration after claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US, during the presidential transition.

"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side", Putin said. Then we talked about some other stuff.

Putin downplayed Flynn's appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today, which U.S. officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he never met with Trump during the latter's visits to Moscow. A special counsel appointed by the Justice Department and congressional committees are investigating.

The senator also said he thinks Trump would be on "shaky ground legally" should he use executive privilege to prevent fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying in front of Congress.

In the NBC interview, Putin was asked about reports of Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's attempt to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation.

Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies.

"Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister".

"I want to ask those individuals directly, 'Did they have that kind of pressure?'" Warner said, referring to Coats and Rogers. There's nothing to even talk about. He also alleged that the US actively interferes with electoral campaigns of other countries. He said he had yet to see any evidence of Russian meddling and drew a connection between the allegations against Russia and the theory that US intelligence agencies arranged the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He said that it would "be very concerning" if intelligence heads were asked to "downplay" the Russian Federation probe at any point.

The fired FBI director is expected to speak about his documented interactions with Mr. Trump, in which the president allegedly asked for Comey's loyalty and asked him to drop an investigation into Flynn.

There's been no final decision, and the matter remains under discussion, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee.

Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced last week with chairman Sen.

After reports that Trump asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hired former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the FBI's Russian Federation probe. "The acting director of the FBI also said that there'd not been an attempt to influence the investigation".

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.

Legal experts have also said that the president likely undermined his ability to assert executive privilege by publicly discussing his dealings with Comey in tweets and interviews.

"We have no smoking gun at this point, but there is a lot of smoke", Warner told CNN's "State of the Union". Blunt appeared on "Fox News Sunday".

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