Trump Not Clear on Whether He Believes Putin or US Intelligence on Election Meddling

The Daily Signal | 7/16/2018 | Staff
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Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Monday to allow special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to come to Russia to observe questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officials Mueller indicted for allegedly interfering in the election—with a condition.

“I think that the United States has been foolish. I think that we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago,” @realDonaldTrump says.

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In a joint press conference with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, Putin said he wants Russian law enforcement to have access to U.S. businessmen he said evaded paying Russian taxes on $1.5 billion worth of business in his country.

Putin said the 1999 Treaty Between the United States and Russia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, negotiated during the Clinton administration, allows each country to seek prosecution and extradition from the other.

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“This treaty has specific legal procedures,” Putin told reporters following his meeting with Trump in Helsinki. “We can offer that … special attorney Mueller, he can use this treaty as a solid foundation to send an official request to us so that we can interrogate this individual who he believes is privy to some crimes.”

Putin, who earlier said Russia “never interfered and is not going to interfere” with American elections, continued:

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Our law enforcement is perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials back to the United States. Moreover, we can meet you halfway. We can make another step. We can actually permit official representatives of the United States, including the members of this very commission headed by Mr. Mueller, we can let them into the country and they will be present for this questioning.

During the press conference, a reporter asked Trump who he believed, U.S. intelligence or Putin regarding election interference by Russia.

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Trump said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other intelligence officials...
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