Jared Kushner has released a statement ahead of his planned meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday. Before he left for “The Hill” Kushner wanted to leave a message…
“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” the son-in-law and senior adviser said before the scheduled closed door meeting. Kushner is also expected to meet on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee. Both the Senate and House Committees are pursuing investigations into possible collaboration between Trump associates and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Kushner released an 11-page statement, in it he says that he had “hardly any” contact with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign. Kushner admits that he was present for a highly-scrutinized meeting with a Russian attorney in the summer of 2016. The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., released emails indicating that he was promised information that would be harmful to Hillary Clinton from the lawyer who was connected to the Kremlin.
Kushner had this to say about the meeting that he considered a waste of time, “When I got there, the person who has since been identified as a Russian attorney was talking about the issue of a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children,” Kushner states. “I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting.”
Kushner also noted, “I have no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sectors.” He maintains that he has “tried to be fully transparent” in the forms he has been required to submit for a security clearance, even saying that he has gone “above and beyond what is required.” Kushner has seen controversy because he had not initially included meetings with Russian officials on that form. He said the SF-86 form was “prematurely submitted due to a miscommunication” with his assistant. He added that it was not just information about Russians missing — “all foreign contacts were omitted.”
You can read the full statement here.