Putin Spokesman says Russian Ambassador met with the Clinton Team during the Campaign Too

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, was on the Fareed Zakaria show Sunday morning and added some important facts to the Democratic Party accusations that Trump’s team was in bed with Russia including that their ambassador also met with Team Clinton,  why the Russian Ambassador met with Trump’s and Clinton’s people, and what was discussed between the Ambassador and each of the candidates representatives.

The interview began with Peskov saying that Russia did not have any collaboration with Team Trump and that they believe that by saying Russia interfered with the election process the U.S. is humiliating itself.

Zakaria:  Let me ask you very directly, did the Russian government have any collaboration or serious communication back and forth with Donald Trump’s campaign during the election campaign last year?

Peskov: The answer is very simple. No. The fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. We are really sorry about that. The whole situation takes us away from the perspective of getting our relationship to a better condition. We quite unexpectedly we were faced a situation when Russia, all of a sudden became a nightmare for the United States. We cannot sincerely understand why American people and American politicians started the process of self-humiliation. You’re self-humiliating yourself saying a country can intervene in your election process.

Peskov explained that the Russian Ambassador met with representatives of both major candidates….because it’s his job:

Zakaria: So what was it that the Russian ambassador was talking to so many of Donald Trump’s associates about?

Peskov: This is his job. He was talking about bilateral relations. He was talking about what is going on in the United States so we have a better understanding in Moscow. This is what is being performed by every ambassador of Russia abroad. Every ambassador of the united States abroad, including in Moscow. The more ambassador talks to people in his country of residence, the better job he does.

Zakaria: Did he have similar meetings with Clinton campaign officials because I don’t know of any?

Peskov: Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind. There were no meetings about electoral process. No way it should be perceived as interference. If you look at it with intention, you would probably say he was trying to interfere in Hillary’s activities. It would be nonsense because it’s not true.

Zakaria pressed Peskov to admit that Putin did not like Hillary Clinton. Peskov said sure he preferred Trump (because of all the nasty things Clinton said about Russia) but that doesn’t mean Putin interfered with the election…

 

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