>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>JEFF BENNETT, PETER>>JEFF BENNETT, PETER ALEXANDER, THANK YOU BOTH. ALEXANDER, THANK YOU BOTH. WE ALSO WANT TO GET TO OTHER WE ALSO WANT TO GET TO OTHER BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING. BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING. RELALTD TO THIS, VLADIMIR PUTIN RELALTD TO THIS, VLADIMIR PUTIN SPEAK WG OUR TEAM HERE AT NBC SPEAK WG OUR TEAM HERE AT NBC NEWS. NEWS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, HE HAS SOME AND YOU KNOW WHAT, HE HAS SOME THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT IS WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT THAT IS THE CENTER OF THIS IMPEACHMENT THE CENTER OF THIS IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION. INVESTIGATION. NBC’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL NBC’S SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT JOINS US FROM CORRESPONDENT JOINS US FROM MOSCOW. MOSCOW. THE ONLY JOURNALIST QUESTIONING THE ONLY JOURNALIST QUESTIONING THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT THIS THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT THIS MORNING AT THE FORUM. MORNING AT THE FORUM. A COUPLE OF HEADLINES, INCLUDING A COUPLE OF HEADLINES, INCLUDING PRESIDENT PUTIN SEEMS TO GIVE PRESIDENT PUTIN SEEMS TO GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP SOME BACKUP ON PRESIDENT TRUMP SOME BACKUP ON THIS WHOLE IMPEACHMENT THING, THIS WHOLE IMPEACHMENT THING, RIGHT? RIGHT?>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT,>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, SAYING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SAYING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CRITICS ARE USING ANY PRETEXTS CRITICS ARE USING ANY PRETEXTS TO ATTACK PRESIDENT TRUMP, THAT TO ATTACK PRESIDENT TRUMP, THAT IS PRESIDENT PUTIN WEIGHING IN IS PRESIDENT PUTIN WEIGHING IN ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THIS POLITICAL BATTLE IN THIS POLITICAL BATTLE IN WASHINGTON, AND EQUATING THAT WASHINGTON, AND EQUATING THAT CALL TO UKRAINE AND CALL TO UKRAINE AND INVESTIGATION INTO THAT CALL INVESTIGATION INTO THAT CALL WITH THE INVESTIGATION INTO WITH THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE 2016 RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE 2016 ELECTION. ELECTION. HALLIE, I ASKED HIM SPECIFICALLY HALLIE, I ASKED HIM SPECIFICALLY ABOUT ROBERT MUELLER’S ABOUT ROBERT MUELLER’S CONCLUSION THAT RUSSIA HAD CONCLUSION THAT RUSSIA HAD ATTEMPTED TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 ATTEMPTED TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 ELECTION AND IN THAT EVIDENCE TO ELECTION AND IN THAT EVIDENCE TO CONGRESS THAT RUSSIA WAS GOING CONGRESS THAT RUSSIA WAS GOING TO — WAS ALREADY TRYING TO TO — WAS ALREADY TRYING TO INTERVENE IN THE 2020 ELECTION, INTERVENE IN THE 2020 ELECTION, AND PRESIDENT PUTIN RESPONDED TO AND PRESIDENT PUTIN RESPONDED TO THAT WITH A CLASSIC PIECE OF THAT WITH A CLASSIC PIECE OF WHAT YOU COULD CALL PUTIN WHAT YOU COULD CALL PUTIN TROLLING, JOKING ABOUT IT. TROLLING, JOKING ABOUT IT. TAKE A LISTEN. TAKE A LISTEN.>>IS RUSSIA, AS ROBERT MUELLER>>IS RUSSIA, AS ROBERT MUELLER ALLEGED, ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE ALLEGED, ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE THE 2020 ELECTIONS IN THE UNITED THE 2020 ELECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES? STATES?>>Translator: I’LL TELL YOU IN>>Translator: I’LL TELL YOU IN A SECRET, YES, WE’LL DEFINITELY A SECRET, YES, WE’LL DEFINITELY INTERVENE, IT’S A SECRET, SO INTERVENE, IT’S A SECRET, SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN LAUGH AND SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN LAUGH AND SO WE’LL GO BIG. WE’LL GO BIG. BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE, PLEASE. BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE, PLEASE.>>Reporter: AS YOU CAN HEAR>>Reporter: AS YOU CAN HEAR THERE, I THINK IT WENT DOWN WELL THERE, I THINK IT WENT DOWN WELL WITH THE AUDIENCE HERE IN WITH THE AUDIENCE HERE IN MOSCOW, BUT I’M NOT SURE HOW IT MOSCOW, BUT I’M NOT SURE HOW IT WILL BE RECEIVED IN WASHINGTON. WILL BE RECEIVED IN WASHINGTON. SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU CAN SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU CAN SEE THAT THAT WILL BE PRETTY THAT THAT WILL BE PRETTY DIVISIVE. DIVISIVE. AND ANOTHER THING, I PRESSED HIM AND ANOTHER THING, I PRESSED HIM ON THE QUESTION OF HOW HE WOULD ON THE QUESTION OF HOW HE WOULD INTERPRET IF THE ADMINISTRATION INTERPRET IF THE ADMINISTRATION PUBLISHED ROUGH TRANSCRIPTS OF PUBLISHED ROUGH TRANSCRIPTS OF CALLS BETWEEN PRESIDENT PUTIN CALLS BETWEEN PRESIDENT PUTIN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP THE WAY THEY AND PRESIDENT TRUMP THE WAY THEY HAVE BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HAVE BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE LEADER, THE NEW LEADER OF THE LEADER, THE NEW LEADER OF UKRAINE. UKRAINE. HE SEEMED PRETTY RELAXED ABOUT HE SEEMED PRETTY RELAXED ABOUT THIS, AND HALLIE, SENIOR RUSSIAN THIS, AND HALLIE, SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAID TO ME IF THEY OFFICIAL SAID TO ME IF THEY PUBLISHED TRANSCRIPTS OF THE PUBLISHED TRANSCRIPTS OF THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN PRESIDENT CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN, TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN, PRESIDENT PUTIN WOULD LOOK GOOD, PRESIDENT PUTIN WOULD LOOK GOOD, HALLIE. HALLIE. SO WE MADE NEWS ON A NUMBER OF SO WE MADE NEWS ON A NUMBER OF FRONT. FRONT. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER, BACK AT THE G-20 IN GERMANY YOU BACK AT THE G-20 IN GERMANY YOU AND I BOTH TRIED TO GET A AND I BOTH TRIED TO GET A QUESTION TO PRESIDENT PUTIN A QUESTION TO PRESIDENT PUTIN A FEW YEARS AGO. FEW YEARS AGO. I THINK I MANAGED TO GET ABOUT I THINK I MANAGED TO GET ABOUT 30 QUESTIONS TO HIM.