Jared Kushner Releases A Statement About Russia In The Run-Up To His Hearing

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On Monday morning, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner said he "did not collude" with Russia in a statement directed at a congressional committee looking into the nature of his contact with various Russian figures. Kushner added that he knew of no person in the Trump campaign having collaborated with "any foreign government" during the 2016 presidential race.

Kushner's involvement in the Russia scandal persistently following the Trump administration primarily entails contact he reportedly had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, who was handpicked by President Vladimir Putin to run Russia's state-owned national bank, VneshEconomBank (VEB). In his Monday statement, Kushner described himself as being overwhelmed during the election, unfamiliar with how to handle the many communications he received during that time.

Kushner is set to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Neither meeting will be public, and Kushner will not be put under oath on either occasion. Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort will likewise not be put under oath during their meetings with the Senate this week. All three men were present for a conversation with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June.

Read Kushner's full statement below:

Ahead of the hearing, the president posted several tweets on Monday insisting that investigators should be focused on Hillary Clinton's alleged connections to Russia and insisting that the investigation is unmerited and biased.