"There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", he continued. "I think that we're being hurt very badly by the - I would call it the witch hunt", he declared during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Asked whether he would press Mr. Putin to send to the US members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking email servers of Hillary Clinton's campaign, he said: "Well, I might. We also do the same", Paul said.
"If the president was involved, by all means put the information forward".
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The two leaders are scheduled to meet later on Monday.
In the interview, Trump also blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked" by Russians trying to help Trump win the 2016 election.
Browder worked with Congress to get the Magnitsky Act passed, preventing foreigners who violate human rights from entering the U.S. He once ran one of the largest foreign investment funds in Russian companies from 1996-2006.
Putin is pushing back against claims that his government interfered in the US election.
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The inquiry is looking into United States intelligence findings if the Russians conspired to favour the election in Trump's victory, and whether any of his campaign associated were involved in the conspiracy. Asked if Russian Federation was at all to blame for the poor ties, he said: "I hold both countries responsible". But when pressed on the question, he said he might.
"Well, what I would say is that there were people - probably the greatest diplomat of the last century was George Kennan, and he did predict that as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expanded you would incite militaristic tendencies and nationalism in Russian Federation", he said. The Russians hit more than 300 people connected to the Clinton campaign and Democratic political groups.
Trump departed for Helsinki Sunday after spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland.
Trump will set off on Monday for his summit with Putin in Helsinki, the first one-on-one meeting between the leaders since Trump's November 2016 election.
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