WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite cries of panic by democratic leaders over former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s alleged meetings a Russian diplomat, Hillary Clinton’s team members also met with the Russian ambassador during the election, says a report from the Kremlin.
A Kremlin spokesman says that he is coming forth with the information in a effort to dismiss the “hysteria” surrounding Mr Trump’s links to Russia and to put to rest once and for all allegations by Democrats that Russian leader Vladimir Putin conspired with Trump to rig the results of the 2016 presidential election.
Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Vladimir Putin, told CNN on Sunday that America was “self-humiliating” in allegations that Russia hacked its election.
“This is his job,” Peskov said of Flynn, who was asked to resign after only 24 days in his role as Trump’s national security advisor due to the controversy. “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.”
Peskov added that several high ranking members of Clinton’s team had also met with Kislyak, despite their protests against Flynn.
“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,” he said. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
“The fact that Russia is being demonised in that sense comes very strange to us,” Peskov continued.
“And we are really sorry about that. Because the whole issue takes us away from getting the situation to a better position.
Quite unexpectedly, we were in the position where Russia became, shall we say, a nightmare for the United States.”
“You are self-humiliating yourself to say that a country can intervene,” he added.
“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.”
Calls for statement to a Hillary Clinton spokesperson were met with, “no comment”.