Monday, July 16, 2018

Putin offers to work with Mueller

Before the end of Monday’s news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to do a favor for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Russian authorities, Putin said, would be happy to interview the dozen intelligence officers indicted on Friday for hacking emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party.

After all, Moscow is “perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials to the United States,” he said while standing next to President Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

That appeared to be the “interesting idea” of Putin’s that Trump referred to during the session. The proposal, however, almost certainly landed with a thud in the special counsel’s office. Although some law enforcement cooperation can occur even between adversarial countries like the United States and Russia, it’s unlikely that this is one of those situations.

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