Putin says Mueller’s probe validates Russia on no collusion

Putin says Mueller’s probe validates Russia on no collusion

Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Tuesday, saying "a mountain gave birth to a mouse" and the probe validated the Kremlin's continuous denials of collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign. In his first comments since Mueller presented his investigation report last month, Putin said claims of a campaign conspiracy of Democrats reflected their failure to accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. "It was clear for us from the start that it would end like this, " the Russian leader said of the Trump-Russia investigation. "A mountain gave birth to a mouse." Attorney General William Barr wrote in a summary of Mueller's still-confidential report that the special counsel found no evidence the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government to influence the election. However, Mueller's long investigation uncovered a multi-pronged operation to interfere with the 2016 vote and indicted 25 Russians on charges of hacking Democratic email accounts and spreading disinformation on social media. Putin on Tuesday repeated Moscow's across-the-board disavowals, including that the Russian government had no contact with Trump when he visited Moscow as a businessman. "We have been saying from the start that this notorious commission led by Mr. ....

Petersburg. "There was no collusion between Trump and Russia that Mr. Mueller was looking for." The Russian leader described the claims of collusion between Trump and Russia as "sheer nonsense aimed at a domestic audience and used for domestic political infighting in the United States." Putin said he thinks political tensions in the U.S. haven't abated since Mueller finished his investigation alleged Trump's foes are "searching for new pretexts" to attack the president. "Look what is going on now. Those groups which are attacking the legitimately elected president, what are they doing?" Putin said. .

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