In a two-hour-long meeting with congressional investigators Monday, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, said that his interactions with Russians last year were not part of any attempt by Moscow to disrupt the presidential election, according to The New York Times.
“All of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign,” he said while standing on White House grounds. “I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.”
Kushner’s testimony before congressional leaders were part of a prepared statement, which asserted that his father-in-law won the election because he had a better message and ran a better campaign than Clinton’s – not because he had help from Russia.
During a meeting with Russians in June 2016, in which a Russian lawyer said he had incriminating evidence against Clinton, Kushner expressed virtually no interest in his proffer, at one point emailing his assistant to help him escape, because he was too bored with the meeting.
During the congressional meeting, Kushner’s remarks attested that he had no part in any collusive attempt: “I had no improper contacts. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”
Kushner’s summons marks a pivotal moment in the Russian investigation. Investigative agencies have concluded that the Russians did indeed try to influence the campaign, authorized by Vladimir Putin, including efforts to hack databases and insert propaganda into the campaign.
The Department of Justice is exploring whether anyone surrounding President Trump colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump himself attempted to obstruct justice.
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