Putin offers US investigators to interrogate Russians in case of meddling with US elections
According to the Russian president, Washington can send an official query with such a request to Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin invited US law enforcers investigating the case of interference in the election of the US President in 2016 and, in particular, hacking of the servers of the Democratic Party, interrogate the accused Russians. The Russian leader said this during a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
According to Putin, the US prosecutors could send a query under the mutual assistance agreement on criminal matters between the US and Russia of 1999.
“Employees of our prosecutor’s office and investigative bodies can conduct these interrogations and send relevant materials to the United States. Moreover, we can allow the official representative of this commission, including prosecutor Robert Mueller, to be present at these interrogations,” Putin said.
He also suggested interrogating the Americans involved in the Hermitage Capital case. He recalled that the founder of the foundation in Russia, William Browder, has been sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison on tax evasion charges amounting to 3.5 billion rubles ($ 55.912 million), deliberate bankruptcy and fraud, already twice.
It is to be recalled that at the end of last week, the US Justice Department accused 12 GRU officers of organizing cyber attacks on the servers of the US Democratic Party and Hilary Clinton's headquarters.