In a video published Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer that President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey will have no effect on U.S.-Russia relations and that Moscow had nothing to do with Comey's ouster.
Some Democrats have alleged that Trump fired Comey to impede an ongoing investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election.
Putin, who spoke through a translator on his way to a hockey game, told Palmer, “Your question looks very funny for me, don't be angry with me.”
“We have nothing to do with that,” Putin said of Comey’s termination. “President Trump is acting in according with his competence and in accordance with his law and Constitution. And what about us? Why us? You see I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans — and I invite you to do the same."
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 10, 2017
Although some Democrats have previously argued that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the race for the White House because Comey notified Congress that he was re-opening the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state just days before the election, some have now argued that the timing of his termination could thwart the investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 election.