The Russian president also cast his own country as the victim of punishing USA sanctions.
Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law. "But they're not government officials".
"Maybe they're not even Russians", he continued - accepting Kelly's premise and not denying there was interference in the USA election. Putin told NBC. "There are 146 million Russians".
In an interview released on Friday, Putin told NBC'sMegyn Kelly, "So what if they're Russians?"
"If the 13 Russian individuals and companies did interfere in US elections, does that matter?" So what? ... I don't care. "I couldn't care less.They do not represent the interests of the Russian state". Because they don't represent - they do not represent the government.
The most well-known of the Russians indicted, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has ties to Putin and the state.
"Well, the Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals", Trump said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
"Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship of a green card; maybe the US paid them for this". That needs to be checked.
"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card - maybe the U.S. paid them for this". Or maybe a green card.
The former National Security Adviser, who chaired a number of high-ranking intelligence principals, told an official to "stand down" on developing cyber-espionage countermeasures because they had not been approved by President Obama. How do you know?
He has also declined to attack Putin directly on the issue, instead hinting that he was giving the Kremlin leader the benefit of the doubt, according to NBC.
"He is not my friend", Putin said. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago.
Eventually, Obama finally went public with the information of Russian meddling on October 7, 2016.
Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers to meet today
Asked by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network on Friday what he wants out of a new team, Sherman said: "Looking for a great fit". But Sherman is also expected to explore the free agent market and he may well have played his last game with the Seahawks .
West Ham fans invade pitch in EPL drubbing
West Ham don't know how to defend and they should easily concede 3 goals against a unsafe Burnley outfit. Joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are understood to have left their seats for their own safety.
Andy Murray looks to sport management role for future talent
He says that he still wishes to compete in professional tennis but he also wants to expand his prospects and share his knowledge. At the moment he is juggling many balls and he wants to remain focused on what he knows, but over time his company will develop.
Cyber Monday 2017 – The top sellers in electronics this year
Apple’s 9.7-inch Wi-Fi enabled iPad Pro was also still a great seller thanks to massive price discounts from retailers. Microsoft dropped their game changing console update, the Microsoft Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive and 4K compatibility.