Kushner, facing Senate inquiry, denies colluding with Russians

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Kushner left his private meeting with Senate investigators, almost three hours after it began. He said he "did not collude with Russian Federation nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so".

"The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign".

Trump has asked some of his most trusted advisers to spearhead that effort, including Kushner and assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

He said when his father-in-law made a decision to run for president, he served his campaign the best he could, because he believes in him and his ability to improve the lives of all Americans.

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Kushner said in his Monday statement that he had not spoken to the lawyer since. "Every day, I come to work with enthusiasm and excitement for what can be", he said.

If Kushner is swamped by email and inattentive to details like remembering the name of the Russian ambassador to the United States after meeting him, then the President's son-in-law should not be tasked with running so many key government initiatives.

The second, Kushner says, is that now infamous meeting in Trump Tower past year with Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, among others.

The statement was the first time the reticent Kushner - who is married to Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka - publicly explained his contacts with Russian officials.

Also present at the meeting was a Russian-American lobbyist and an associate of a Russian developer with whom the Trump family business had collaborated.

According to Kushner, he met Kislyak and three other ambassadors a few months before Trump was designated the Republican candidate for President.

Kushner, in his statement, also wrote of a December 13 meeting with Sergey Gorkov, who Kislyak had said "was a banker and someone with a direct line to the Russian President who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together".

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government", Kushner said in his written testimony.

The Washington Post noted the "scalpel-like precision" with which the White House senior adviser separated himself from the meeting. There were no specific policies discussed.

"While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian Ambassador", Kushner writes.

Kushner is to meet with lawmakers on the House intelligence committee Tuesday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia's alleged attempted interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian Federation hacked Democratic Party emails in a bid to undermine Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and benefit then Republican candidate Trump. The SCIF is on the second floor of the Hart Senate Office Building, the same place where the Intelligence Committee has held recent interviews with James Clapper, Denis McDonough and Susan Rice.

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