Jared Kushner denies colluding with Russia officials
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News July 24, 2017 Updated: 1:03 PM
Son-in-law and a senior White House adviser of President Donald Trump Jared Kushner, publicly denied that he colluded with Russia during and after the election season.
Kushner said he was "eager" to share any information he had with the Committee and "I have done so today." He went on to say that "the record and documents that 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."
"Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information," Kushner said.
He added saying "Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won," he said.
This was shortly after a meeting with staffers with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Appearing before reporters outside the White House, he continued to reiterate his written testimony.
Kushner also released an 11-page congressional statement, in the morning, which outlined his four meetings with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period.
"I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 [security clearance] form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest," a portion of the statement reads.
Kushner also said in the statement, that he did not know who would be attending the meeting and described it as a "waste of our time." He arrived to the meeting late, as participants were discussing Russian adoptions. He also said he asked his assistant to call him 10 minutes into the meeting to give him an excuse to leave early.
Another part of the statement says "No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted."
Aside from being the husband of Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump Kushner is one of the President's closest confidants, an adviser who has been at his side since the beginning of the campaign which has shined a spotlight on him in the Russia probe investigation.