Vladimir Putin says Russian hackers could not have affected US election

Vladimir Putin said the Russian state is not involved in hacking

Vladimir Putin rejected claims that Russian hackers influenced the vote

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vladimir Putin has denied Russian hackers had any influence in Donald Trump's election victory, saying hackers cannot affect election results overseas.

Putin also denied the Russian state is involved in hacking activity during a speech at the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg. 

Russia has repeatedly denied any state-backed involvement in the election, which brought a shock win for Trump. However the US intelligence community has long maintained that Russian hackers meddled in the vote, and an investigation into the claims is currently being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. 

Hillary Clinton, who lost out to Trump last November, has also insisted hackers helped brought about her defeat.

Speaking at a recently tech conference in California, Clinton said "the Russians, in my opinion, and based on the intel and counter-intel people I’ve talked to, could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided."