Megyn Kelly Asks Putin: Do You Have Something Damaging On Trump?

The Megyn Kelly Era is officially underway at NBC.

After months of buildup, the former Fox News personality launched her Sunday Night newsmagazine this weekend with her much-ballyhooed interview with Vladimir Putin. During their sit-down, Kelly came right out and asked the Russian president if he had “something damaging” on President Donald Trump.

While he never explicitly denied the idea, Putin dismissed the host’s questioning as “nonsense,” insisting “we didn’t have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow, but I never met with him.

“We have a lot of Americans who visit us,” he continued. “Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Have you all lost your minds over there?”

During the interview, which was filmed on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kelly also asked about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election between then-Republican candidate Trump and Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

“They have been misled, and they aren’t analyzing the information in its entirety,” Putin said of U.S. Intelligence committees who have concluded that there was tampering. “I haven’t seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States.”

“You had said for months that Russia had nothing to do with interference in the American election, but this week you floated the idea of patriotic hackers doing it. Why the change, and why now?” Kelly asked. In response, Putin went so far as to suggest that perhaps Russia was framed by U.S. hackers.

“French journalists asked me about those hackers, [and] I told them the same thing I can tell you: Hackers can be anywhere,” Putin began. “They can be in Russia, in Asia, even in America… There can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States.” He then suggested that Stateside hackers might have “shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia.

“In the midst of a political battle, by some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, calling out Russia,” Putin alleged. “Can you imagine something like that? I can.”

As for other notable soundbites from Kelly’s Q&A with Putin…

* When asked if he was aware of any meetings between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and members of the Trump campaign, Putin said that “there were no meetings.” If there were, he had “no idea. I’m being completely honest with you.”

* Later asked about Jared Kushner’s alleged attempt to establish a secret communications channel with the Russian government, Putin insisted that “no proposal like that came to me.”

* On his alleged relationship with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, with whom he was photographed with back in 2015: “I made my speech, then we talked about some other stuff, and I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.’ That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.”

What were your biggest takeaways from Megyn Kelly’s sit-down with Vladimir Putin? And overall, what are your thoughts on the series premiere of Sunday Night? Grade it via our poll, then weigh in below.

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48 Comments
  1. xomylifexo says:

    This woman isn’t exactly a hard hitting journalist. She’s not going to get him to say anything he doesn’t mean to say.

  2. GuessWhat says:

    why would anyone even watch this?
    the man is an evil lying communist dictator.
    lying through an interview is easy for him.
    waste of anyone’s time.

    • Robert M. Peters says:

      President Putin is not evil, although he is fallen like the rest of us. He is not a dictator; he would have a very different domestic and foreign policy if he were. He is not a communist; the Communist Party of Russia, although small are his most vocal and pestering critics.

    • kort says:

      “why would anyone even watch this?”

      for example to gain knowledge, that he’s not a communist, nor a dictator? geez… Evil? What is it? Kindergarten?

      • Mary says:

        Did you honestly learn anything knew from this interview? What knowledge were to be gain when you can’t believe a word out of his mouth? He is an evil man and you are naive if you think otherwise.

      • Maggie says:

        As the former head of the KGB, Putin is trained to not give away secrets, even if tortured. Interviewing him wasn’t going to reveal anything new about Putin, but was only a publicity stunt for Kelly. Putin is indeed a dictator. He has made himself a billionaire by pillaging his country, arrests dissenters, has state-run media and independent reporters get arrested or ‘disappear,” political opponents seem to keep turning up dead. There are even songs written about him, like “Someone Like Putin” which contains the chorus: “Someone like Putin, so full of strength, someone like Putin who doesn’t get drunk, someone like Putin, who wouldn’t hurt me, Someone like Putin who won’t run away.”

    • yaraluch says:

      Grow up. Read. Learn, Watch. And not only cartoons and stupid TV shows, but smth more serious.

    • TV Gord says:

      It seems some of you should have been watching 60 Minutes instead. They did a story on Putin’s ruthless torture and killings of his opponents. The man IS evil!

      I was really disappointed in this show. Megyn was little more than a newsmagazine anchor, introducing segments done mostly by other people. I thought we were going to get more of her thoughts, her perspective, her…something! This was nothing more than another edition of Dateline. The old farts over at 60 Minutes need not be worried.

      • Waynette & Tom Miles says:

        She doesn’t have any thoughts or a perspective on anything. Don’t know how she has gotten as far as she has. No one i know thinks much of her or her so called reporting.

        • TV Gord says:

          I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but your assessment jibes with mine after her first show. I don’t/won’t watch Fox News (or MSNBC), so I know little about her, but I thought she must be something, if NBC hired her and made such a big deal about it. So far, all I see is a little style and no substance.

  3. tahimar says:

    I can’t really tell between Putin and Trump who is copying who, after tonight..Gave her B.

  4. Ron says:

    We all know Putin is the most trustworthy person on the planet, so of course we have no reason to believe that the journalist-murdering, tyrannical authoritarian is telling us anything but the truth. “Putin said that ‘there were no meetings.’ If there were, he had ‘no idea. I’m being completely honest with you.'” That’s how you know someone’s not being completely honest with you.

    • maregolden says:

      Oh, you mean like when Trump says “believe me.”

      • Ron says:

        Yep, exactly like that. I don’t know if someone has or not–I would, but I’m no where near tech savvy enough–but I really need someone to make a compilation video of Trump making some stupid comment and immediately following it up with “believe me,” and then have the next clip be of what he’s done so far that is in direct opposition to what we were supposed to believe him about.

  5. peterwdawson says:

    So when are journalists finally going to come prepared statements that are blatantly contradicted by previous remarks? Seriously, get with the times, people, stuff is recorded and can be shown in real time. You can probably predict what people will say and be prepared to show them the contradiction.

  6. Tori Coop says:

    The fact that we even have an American “journalist” interviewing him and airing it on American television is a travesty in and of itself.

  7. Morisot says:

    Wait. We can’t just IGNORE Russia. If the coach of your favorite sports team did NOT try to find out everything he could about the opposing teams —game/play plans, secret signals, coaching styles, players strengths and weaknesses, health of players, players looking to be traded — would you think that they were doing THEIR job? Would you really think that your team was doing right for their fans and franchise if the coach only relied on what he read in the papers or heard on TV sports reports, because, heavens, it would be criminal if he tried to talk to people associated with, or in-the-know, about any other team. How could he EVER have any informed game plan? Isn’t this exactly what these network “news people” and “the opposition” are trying to do to the President — PREVENT him from doing the JOB he was ELECTED to do!

    • Mary says:

      No they are trying to educated the clueless man. The problem with #45 he refuse to take advise from anyone even if they have 1000 times more experience in the matter. Nobody is preventing him from doing anything. Other Presidents had oppositions and manage to get the work done. They also had people around them that weren’t yes men and spoke up with they were going in the wrong direction, and doing things that weren’t legal or in our Constitution. The problem lies with an ignorant self center man who refuse to see that he is out of his element. If nothing else, this is a perfect example why you don’t elect a business man who has ZERO experience in politics and shoots his mouth off like a drunk at a bar.

      • Morisot says:

        Mary, are you saying that the likes of Megyn Kelly, David Muir, Mary Bruce, Major Garrett, Chuck Todd are trying to educate The President? And who are your experts who have “1000 times more experience in the matter”?

        • Mary says:

          Well all those people know more history and The Constitution over Trump, so yes to a degree they are educating him. People in Washington no including his lap dogs he put there. You know the ones who have actually experience and I know many of you hate to hear it but a career in politics.

  8. RJ says:

    Megan Kelly is a marginal interviewer

  9. Robert M. Peters says:

    I speak Russian. I listened to Putin’s answers in Russian. I heard the translations. I have read and have listened to the spin here in the U.S. and on this website. The translations were ok. The spin is atrocious.

  10. Lisa Echerd says:

    Putin just denied everything and blamed the US. What’s news about that? The rest of the show was OK. It’s fine for summer but I’ll be back with 60 Minutes in the fall.

  11. Larry says:

    Putin was probably the worst interview for a premiere show. I don’t think anyone would believe this was going to be groundbreaking or something new learned. The guy would lie on every question. So all Megyn Kelly is doing is giving him a soapbox to preach his message -while also adding fuel to cloud the issues. I expect pundits will start tomorrow morning taking Putin’s talking points and try to build new conspiracies to distract the most gullible from the truth.

    Big time fail and very disappointing!! Sorry Megyn Kelly but now I’m questioning continuing to watch your new show if this is the sort of ‘hard-hitting’ journalism you’re going to pull. This was all Russian propaganda. Putin pulled one over the Americans once again.

  12. Robert says:

    It was okay – 60 minutes does a better job. Big ballyhoo for nothing really. I think they’ve spent a lot of money for a pretty face.

  13. Jonathan Skedel says:

    Fake News About Nothing of interest Come on Megan you can’t get over Hillary Lossing Nothing to see here Folks

  14. Donald Dorris says:

    It is amazing that the Russian narrative, even when debunked, will never end by the liberal left. This is why you have been justifiably labeled as fake news. The left will continue to cry fire in a crowded theater to serve their own agenda, no matter what the truth is.

    • DL says:

      Yeah, because the right can talk about fake news. War on Christmas! The government’s going to take your guns! Beware the globalist agenda! Clinton pizza sex ring! Supply side (“voodoo”) economics works! Coal jobs can still be profitable! Renewable energy is bad! Climate change is a hoax!
      .
      The way I see it, even if Russia-gate turns out to be untrue, there’s only one side of this equation pushing lies that could irrevocably alter or destroy our entire world’s future: Republicans. Read any international newspaper — the entire globe is ridiculing us now. Across every country in the world, only the American conservative movement refuses to acknowledge science, or even the fact that advancing renewable energy will actually help our economy. Even Exxon-Mobil wanted us to stay in the Paris agreement. Conservative politicians are grand-standing on ideology for its own sake, lying outright to our citizens, all to keep that Koch money rolling into their PACs. It’s sickening. The hypocrisy is absolutely stunning.

  15. DOMINICK TOMAINO says:

    It looks to me like this thing backfired on Kelly.
    She was trying to find a smoking gun but there was noe..
    I’m afraid the American press and the party that lost the election, has egg on their face.

    • Mary says:

      Didn’t watch because I knew it was a fluff piece for Putin. Anyone who thought he would say anything incriminating about himself is either stupid or naive. Can’t have egg on your face when you already knew the outcome. Waste of time to even have this interview. How many people who have broken the law actually admit to it?

  16. Was Meghan or anything else actually expecting Putin to bring his conscience and have a “tell all”? LOL. Oprah might have gotten him to say SOMETHING of interest.

  17. David H says:

    Conservatives are already fed up with the Russia hysteria, and liberals aren’t going to believe anything Putin says anyway. Not expecting much will be accomplished by this.

  18. Tony says:

    Meagain Kelly dressed like a hooker couldn’t even get Putin to take that nasty bait. What a Fail!

  19. The mac says:

    Did she really think that he was going to say “Yes. I have the tape right over here, do you want to see it?”

  20. JAMES MARHEVKA says:

    She was aweful, a fish out of water. Putin made her look foolish every step of the way, NBC is the biggest loser, they hired a wanna be who wasnt and cant be anything more than another waste of millions of dollars. At best, Megyn is a minimum wage talk show host. NBC showed its blindness by hiring a bimbo. Out of the two, Putin came off in a better more truthful light. Megyn, simply sucks

  21. Luis Roman says:

    I want to get Tsar Vladimir alone in a room with Rachel Maddow.

  22. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    “No. Now, can I take off my shirt and show you my incredible muscles?”

  23. Charles White says:

    Boy, the libs just won’t give it up on Russia. I’m so sick and tired of hearing Russia, Russia, Russia. With so much good news out there to report, and they don’t, you would think the libs would get the hint. The American public is sick and tired of the Russia fake news. Meghan Kelly is a poor excuse for a journalist reporter commentator who needs to go home and be a mother to her children until they are out of school and then come back in. If Obama’s climate change agreement was so good for our country, why didn’t he put it through congress and get their approval? The lib’s better wise up and bring our country back to promanice as it once was.

    • TV Gord says:

      First of all, you’re speaking for roughly half of the country. The other half have a right to keep griping about whatever they choose. Second, it’s not Obama’s climate change agreement. It’s the WORLD’s climate change agreement (minus the U.S. now, and two other countries).

  24. bob says:

    USA !!! You need to calm down and think rationally for a change. Your all trying to justify why and how Trump became president and your fishing out every hole you can. You forget that all the past crooks you had in there would make promises to you, that they never for a moment were going to keep. Now you have a man in power who is keeping almost every promise he made to you , and you want to toss him to the gators. He may not be doing and saying things in a way that you want, but he is doing exactly what he promised and the reason you all voted him into power.
    Suck it up you bunch of witch hunters !!!!