Putin Vehemently Denies Meddling In 2016 US Election

Russian President Vladimir Putin made the statements while at the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki.
Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 16, 2018

At a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin vehemently denied Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

"Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion?" Putin said. "These are nonsense."

"The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs, including the election process," Putin said.

Last week, Trump told reporters he would address Russian meddling with Putin during their bilateral summit.

That announcement came almost two weeks after the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed it agreed with the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Trump win.

At the press conference following Trump's one-on-one meeting with Putin, Trump said they "spent a great deal of time talking about it."

At one point, Putin offered to help the U.S. with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the election meddling. 

He said he would let U.S. officials come to Russia and be present while Russian officials questioned people of interest in the case. Putin pointed to an already established treaty between the U.S. and Russia. But in order to get Russia's help, the U.S. would have to reciprocate those actions. 

When asked whether Trump believes U.S. intelligence agencies over Putin when it comes to election meddling, Trump said he didn't have reason to believe "why it would be" Russia.