A Kremlin Spokesperson told reporters today that members of the Hillary Clinton campaign team also met with Russia’s Ambassador during the election. That may be why they have been so quick to point the finger at Donald Trump’s team.
The statement was made today by the Kremlin spokesman as he attempted to dismiss the liberal “hysteria” surrounding any supposed links by Mr Trump to Russia. Basically it is a case of covering your own tail, by pointing the finger at the other guy.
On March 20th, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first session on “Russia Gate” with the heads of the FBI, National Security Agency and CIA expected to appear. In addition, the panel will hear testimony from several former intelligence chiefs under the Obama administration. But Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Vladimir Putin, said on Sunday that America was involved in a “self-humiliating” witch hunt by insisting that Russia hacked its election.
Peskov went on to defend the actions of their ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, whose meeting with Michael Flynn, President Trump’s choice of national security adviser, resulted in the firing of Mr Flynn after liberals went crazy when the meeting was disclosed. Flynn was fired after just 24 days when it became clear that he had lied about meeting the Russian, and misled the vice president. “This is his job,” said Mr Peskov, speaking on CNN’s Sunday morning politics show.
“He was talking about bilateral relations, about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow. This is what happens all around the world.” He went on to say that members of Mrs Clinton’s team had also met with Mr Kislyak, although he did not give specifics.
“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that the Ambassador had lots of meetings of that kind,” he said. “ Foreign Policy, reported in a story that no one from the former secretary of state’s campaign had ever met with Mr Kislyak or any other Russian official. The magazine also reported that all the other candidates kept the embassy “at arm’s length”. Now that story would seem to be in question following the admissions by the Russian diplomat.
Peskov said: “The fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. And we are really sorry about that. Because the whole issue takes us away from getting the situation to a better position.“
“America, a huge country – the most powerful country in the world, with very, very stable political traditions – and you say that a country can easily intervene and easily influence your electoral process? This is simply impossible.”He insisted that Russia “has never had, and never will have, any intention to intervene in another country’s affairs.”
In closing Mr. Peskov asked: “Whom would you like better – the one that says Russia is evil? Or the one that says yes, we disagree, but let’s find points of agreement?”