According to an 11-page statement given to the Associated Press, Jared Kushner denies colluding with any foreign government:
Excerpt from the Associated Press:
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is denying that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, saying in a statement ahead of congressional interviews that he has “nothing to hide.”
The 11-page statement provided to The Associated Press by a representative Monday details four contacts with Russians during Trump’s campaign and transition. Kushner plans to deliver the statement during closed-door meetings with investigators on the Senate and House intelligence panels this week.
Kushner is meeting with staff on the Senate committee Monday and lawmakers on the House committee Tuesday as part of both panels’ investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and possible links to the Trump campaign.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, says none of the contacts was improper. He also denies that Russians finance any of his business in the private sector.
“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” Kushner said in the statement.
Now, obviously, this is huge news if he is telling the truth. Kushner has been under attack from the media as they try to paint him as a Russian agent. We all remember the fake Kushner back channel story from WaPo and the fact he attended the Trump Jr meeting makes him part of the Russian Witchhunt. Kushner shed more light on both of those stories.
Trump Jr meeting:
In it, he also details a June 2016 meeting with a Russian-American lawyer and says it was such a “waste of time” that he asked his assistant to call him out of the gathering.
Emails released this month show that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., accepted the meeting at Trump Tower with the idea that he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton. But Kushner says he hadn’t seen those emails until recently shown them by his lawyers.
Kushner said in his statement that Trump Jr. invited him to the meeting. He says he arrived late and when he heard the lawyer discussing the issue of adoptions, he texted his assistant to call him out.
“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,” Kushner’s statement says.
Sergey Kislyak meeting:
Kushner also denies reports he discussed setting up a secret back-channel with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
He said he did speak with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in December at Trump Tower. But he says that conversation was about policy in Syria.
Kushner says that when Kislyak asked if there was a secure line for him to provide information on Syria from what Kislyak called his “generals,” Kushner asked if there was an existing communications channel at the embassy that could be used. Kushner says he never proposed an ongoing secret form of communication.
Kushner’s statements back up exactly what many in the Real News media have said all along. The day the Trump Jr. meeting story broke we claimed it was nothing more than a meeting. We all said no dirt was given at that meeting and even attempting to claim it was collusion would indict Hillary for what she did with Ukraine as well. The Backchannel story rocked the world when it first dropped. That day all of us called out the story and we were right on the money. The backchannel setup is a ridiculous proposition. Not only did Kushner not request it but it had nothing to do with Russia-Trump collusion.