(CNN) Michael Caputo, a former adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign with strong ties to Russia, flatly denied knowledge of any alleged contacts between the country and Russia after testifying on the House Intelligence Intelligence Committee on Friday.
“I spent my time before the committee stating I had no contact with the Russians, I have never heard of anyone with the Trump campaign talking to the Russians, E n ‘I never had questions about my time in Russia, I have not even Spoken to anyone in Russia, I have never heard the word ‘Russia’ and that we do not use Russian dressing,
Caputo told reporters at a news conference after the camera testimony. “There was absolutely no discussion about Russia in the Trump campaign” until the day I left. ”
Caputo quit the campaign on June 20, 2016 after celebrating the return of the campaign director, while Corey Lewandowski with a tweet that read, “Ding Dong, the witch is dead.” Paul Manafort, who brought Caputo in the country in November 2015, replaced as President Lewandowski.
Hours before the session of the House Intelligence Commission lasted three-and-a-half-one-and-a-half hours longer than expected, Caputo’s lawyer told reporters at the start of the press conference, citing repetitive questions from lawmakers as a cause Of the duration.
Captain strongly criticized California Rep. Jackie Speier, who said in March that he was part of a “tarantula network” of relations with Russia and called the “imaging advisor” of Russian President Vladimir Poutine.
“There was no way to be the image consultant of Vladimir Poutine,” said M. Caputo. “He must be very naive and misinformed or have a team of very poor students to come to this analysis.”
Emotional tone, also said his family received threats after Speier’s comments and said he expects an apology from Speier.
Caputo said he walked away from Trump because his name has been raised in connection with the federal investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence last year’s election and any possible Trump collusion campaign.
“Nobody in the administration or the White House does not need my phone number on the call list, that I need the visitors on trunks, or that I need for an e-mail,” he said.
Caputo said he would like to get back in touch with the White House on the road.
Republican Tom Rooney of Florida, California Democrat Adam Schiff, California Democrat Eric Swalwell and Democrat Denny Heck Washington attended, Caputo lawyer Dennis Vacco said.
Hell, Jim Acosta told CNN shortly after the hearing that it was “probably the most fascinating of the three hours I spent in my five years in the US House of Representatives.”
“I will not comment on the content of this exchange because it is likely to jeopardize the truth investigation of the issue,” Heck said.
“And if there is anything, I think we can conclude about the whole thing is that in the end, the American public should have confidence that it was carried out with integrity.”