The Transcript Of Jared Kushner’s Statement On Russia Is A Brief Denial Of Collusion
President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was called to testify before Congress on Monday to speak about his involvement in a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian representatives during the 2016 presidential election. Leaked emails from Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. showed that the meeting was set up with the intent to receive information on Hillary Clinton from Russia, information that could have been beneficial to the Trump campaign. However, Kushner insisted before his Senate hearing on Monday that he did not know that was the purpose of the meeting.
Prior to his two-hour testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kushner released an 11-page statement of prepared remarks on Monday morning, claiming he was so disinterested in the subject matter of the meeting, that he asked an assistant to call him to get him out of the room.
In his public statement given before a gaggle of reporters, he continued to claim that the campaign did not collude with Russia, and went on to say that he did not have any "improper contact," nor did his businesses rely on Russian funds.
He also tried to paint the investigation as insulting to Trump voters. Rather than the government doing it's due diligence to ensure there was no foreign interference in our elections, Kushner said that to question the legitimacy of his father-in-law's victory "ridicules those who voted for him."
Here's what Kushner said Monday afternoon, outside the West Wing:
Kushner: "I did not collude with Russia. Nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so." pic.twitter.com/DdSESNkKtK— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) July 24, 2017
Kushner's time on Capitol Hill is not yet over; he is scheduled to meet with the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow. And even after meetings with both houses, it seems like this issue will not escape him any time soon.