During a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the United States. He said that neither his intelligence group nor other entities in his country willingly interfered.
Putin even extended a hand to U.S. intelligence officials and said his intelligence community would be more than happy to help their investigative efforts in any way.
As BizPac Review reports, the Russian president also accused Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton of conducting nefarious activities in his country and accepting more than $400,000,000 to help her efforts in the election. Democrat critical of Trump’s comments at the summit are not at all mentioning the claim.
Per BizPac Review:
During the highly publicized joint press conference the Russian President not only called US. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s bluff on the indictment of 12 Russian officials, but blasted former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for nefarious activities.
Putin said that he’d welcome U.S. officials to Russia to probe further into alleged Russia-Trump collusion. He also referenced Bill Browder, a U.S. born, London-based banker who’s been accused of improper donations to Democrats.
According to the report, Putin said Browder earned over $1.5 billion in his country and never paid any taxes. The banker, according to the Russian president, then took the money to the U.S. where he paid out $400,000,000 to the Clinton campaign.
“For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case,” Putin said. “Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country.”
“They were transferred to the United States,” he continued. “They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well, that’s their personal case.”
And, “It might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal.”
Putin then said he wants to be allowed to question U.S. intelligence officers for their alleged role in helping the transaction of the funds.
Here’s more on Browder, from a 2017 Washington Post report:
In July, Browder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he testified that Prevezon “hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky. . . . He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistleblower and was instead a criminal.” As a former Wall Street Journal reporter, Simpson had extensive contacts with his former media colleagues he could use to spread anti-Magnitsky propaganda.
In an interview with me, Browder alleged that “Glenn Simpson was trying, on behalf of the Putin regime, to cover up the murder of Sergei Magnitsky, knowingly lying to journalists in Washington to write false stories. . . . Natalia Veselnitskaya hired him to lie, and Natalia Veselnitskaya was working for Putin. So it’s pretty clear to me that this was a major Putin operation.” (In a statement, Fusion GPS counsel Joshua Levy strongly denied Browder’s claims: “William Browder has an ax to grind with Fusion GPS. His retaliatory attacks on the company are not supported by a shred of evidence. His latest claim that Fusion GPS was hired by the Kremlin to cover up the murder of Sergei Magnitsky — five years after it occurred — is untrue and defamatory. His death was a tragedy, and no one at Fusion GPS has ever said anything to the contrary.”)
Earlier this year, Browder filed a complaint with the Justice Department accusing Fusion GPS and others involved in the anti-Magnitsky campaign of unlawfully lobbying on behalf of Russian interests in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In a letter to the department, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote, “The issue is of particular concern to the Committee given that when Fusion GPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it appears to have been simultaneously overseeing the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier of allegations of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
Here’s the bottom line: We have congressional testimony, under oath, that Clinton hired the same firm to smear Trump that Putin reportedly used to smear Magnitsky. Moreover, we also know that the Fusion GPS dossier relied on senior Russian government officials for much of the dirt it compiled, including “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and a “former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Together, those are bombshell revelations.
“Yet today, there is barely a peep in the mainstream media about the Clinton-Fusion-Putin connection,” the report adds.
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