Promoting the airing of her interview with Vladimir Putin, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly shared that she thinks the Russian president “has something on Donald Trump.”
“I would not say that Putin likes Trump. I did not glean that at all from him,” Kelly told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Friday.
“I do think — I did glean that perhaps he has something on Donald Trump. And if you watch the special tonight, you’ll see perhaps what that might be,” she said. “Because we’ve done a lot of research. It’s not just Vladimir Putin tonight. It’s a lot of experts who understand Putin and Trump and the relationship between the two. And so, when I was asking him, why do you think Donald Trump never says anything unkind about you ever?”
Kelly teased her theory.
“I think it’s more than just he admires this Russian strongman, Chris,” she explained. “I think there’s a very good chance Putin knows some things about Donald Trump that Mr. Trump does not want repeated publicly.”
“The dossier, you think? Or is it money?” Matthews asked.
“My money’s not on the dossier,” Kelly responded. “Just having done the research we did for this piece and this investigative report, I think it has to do with money, and Trump’s early years dealing with the Russians back in the ’90s, his facilities here in the United States.”
The NBC News special, “Confronting Putin,” which aired Friday night featured Kelly’s exclusive interview with Putin who once again denied his government played any part in the U.S. election. Putin also floated the idea that the Russian nationals indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on election meddling may have been actually working for Americans.