"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace earned high praise for his tough questioning of Vladimir Putin, including asking the Russian leader about the deaths of his political opponents and attempting to hand him a copy of the federal indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the DNC's emails in 2016. 

In a riveting and at times contentious sit-down in Helsinki, Finland, Wallace challenged Putin on alleged Russian attacks on former spies, like Sergei Skripal, and journalists, like Anna Politkovskaya


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Putin claimed the United States has had similar problems, citing the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

"All of us have plenty of political rivals. I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals," he answered through a translator. 

"But they don't end up dead," Wallace fired back. 

Wallace also confronted Putin with the allegations laid out Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which fingered 12 Russian intelligence officers for directing the operation to steal emails from the DNC and the Clinton campaign and target U.S. election infrastructure.

Putin laughed it off, refusing to even touch the papers and asking Wallace to leave them on a side table. 

"Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could've influenced the choice of millions of Americans?" Putin asked. 

"I'm not asking you if they were influenced, I'm asking you whether they tried," Wallace countered.

Putin argued the hackers revealed true "manipulations" by the Democratic Party in favor of Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders and that party officials ended up resigning over the disclosures.

Earlier on Monday, Putin met face-to-face with President Donald Trump and appeared at a joint news conference, where Trump questioned the conclusion of U.S. intelligence that Russia was behind the 2016 hacking.

Take a look at the clips above and watch the full interview, here.


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