White House Adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner has said Monday that he “did not collude” with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Reuters reports.
Ahead of his appearance in closed door sessions, Kushner has released a written statement saying his initial security clearance form was submitted prematurely in error and had omitted all foreign contacts. He said, “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government, I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector,” he said.
This week Kushner will face Congress for two days of closed door questioning as the lawmakers try to determine whether Trump’s campaign enlisted Russia’s help to win the White House. he will face the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
Earlier this month Donald Trump Jr. released emails that showed he was eager to find damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. Committee members are eager to hear what was discussed at the June 2016 meeting between Russian Attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Kushner had earlier, “I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote Can u pls call me on my cell? Need an excuse to get out of the meeting.”