rus­sian despot a laugh riot

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MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin Wed­nes­day sided with his U.S. coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump in the rag­ing po­lit­i­cal storm, and briefly joked that Moscow would hack the U.S. elec­tion in 2020.

Putin said Trump, who faces an impeachmen­t in­quiry over ac­cu­sa­tions he pres­sured Ukraine’s pres­i­dent to dig up dirt on a po­lit­i­cal ri­val, had done noth­ing wrong.

Putin said he hadn’t seen any ev­i­dence of Trump pres­sur­ing Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy. “... I don’t see any­thing com­pro­mis­ing at all. Pres­i­dent Trump asked his col­league to in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble cor­rupt deals by former ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ploy­ees,” Putin told a con­fer­ence in Moscow. “Any head of state would be obliged to do this.”

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