Putin echoes Trump, Nunes lines on U.S. Russia investigation

Putin echoes Trump, Nunes lines on U.S. Russia investigation
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Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have adopted President Trump’s rhetoric about the ongoing probes on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, calling it “fiction” and accusing the Democrats of inventing the allegations because they are still bitter about losing.

The Kremlin leader told Le Figaro, a French newspaper, that the allegations were inspired by the “desire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing,” The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Putin also repeated his firm denial of Russian involvement with the hacking of members of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee — hacks that negatively impacted the Democrats in the election.

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"They want to explain to themselves and prove to others that they had nothing to do with it, their policy was right, they have done everything well, but someone from the outside cheated them,” Putin told the paper. “It’s not so. They simply lost, and they must acknowledge it.”

“[The] people who lost the vote hate to acknowledge that they indeed lost because the person who won was closer to the people and had a better understanding of what people wanted,” Putin reportedly said in reference to Trump.

Putin, according to the AP, added that influencing a U.S. election would not benefit his country because bureaucracy impedes policy change.

“Russia has never engaged in that, we don’t need it and it makes no sense to do it,” he said. “Presidents come and go, but policies don’t change. You know why? Because the power of bureaucracy is very strong.”

Putin also echoed a previous statement of Trump, saying anyone could’ve led the hack against the DNC.

“Maybe someone lying in his bed invented something or maybe someone deliberately inserted a USB with a Russian citizen’s signature or anything else. Anything can be done in this virtual world,” Putin said.

Trump made a similar remark last September during a presidential debate.

“It could be Russia, but it could be China, could also be lots of other people. It could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds,” the Republican candidate said at the time.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also reportedly reiterated the president’s claim to Republican donors that Democrats are using the investigations as an excuse for losing the election to Trump.

The GOP lawmaker recused himself from his committee’s Russia investigation earlier this year after sharing classified material from the panel's investigation with White House officials.