Dmitry Peskov, who is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak also met with people who were advising Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.
Kislyak’s meetings with people connected to President Trump’s presidential campaign have become a lightning rod in recent days, as Democrats often point to them as an example of a possible link between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Zakaria asked Peskov about these meetings with Trump officials, which Peskov said were just part of Kislyak’s job, as well as part of the job of every ambassador in the world, including American ambassadors.
Zakaria then asked Peskov if Kislyak had any contact with people connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“If you look at some people connected with Hilary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Peskov told Zakaria.
Peskov went on to specify: “people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
“So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary’s activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true,” Peskov concluded.
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