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Kushner Recaps Russia Testimony: 'I Did Not Collude With Russia'

By    |   Monday, 24 July 2017 01:51 PM

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, delivered a short, prepared statement outside the White House Monday afternoon, saying that he's always served the president and his campaign the best he could, while flatly denying any collusion between himself, or anyone else in the campaign, with Russia.

"Let me be very clear," Kushner said at a microphone in front of the White House in comments about an hour after his closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"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. I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information."

He also stated that he has been consistent in saying he would share any information he had, and the documents he's voluntarily provided "will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign."

Trump, he continued, "had a better message and ran a smarter campaign. That is why he won," and to suggest otherwise "ridicules those who voted for him."

"It is an honor to work with President Trump and his administration as we take on the challenges that he was elected to face, creating jobs for American people, keeping America safe and eliminating barriers to achieving the American dream," said Kushner.

He also said that since his father-in-law decided to run for president, he served him the best he could, as he believes in his ability to improve all Americans' lives.

"Now, serving the president and the people of the United States, it has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime," said Kushner. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to work on important matters such as Middle East peace and reinvigorating America's innovative spirit."

Kushner said he comes to work "with enthusiasm and excitement" and has not sought the spotlight, either in his business ventures or now, in public service.

"I have always focused on setting and achieving goals, and I left it to others to work on media and public perception," said Kushner.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, walked away after delivering the statement, and did not accept any questions from the reporters gathered to hear him speak. The presidential adviser rarely appears in public or gives public statements.

Kushner, accompanied by his attorney Abbe Lowell, arrived on Capitol Hill for the meeting, waving at reporters, but not answering questions, reports ABC News, before meeting with the committee members for more than two hours in an SCIF, or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.

While Kushner was leaving the meeting, a protester tried to force a Russian flag into his hand, and asked him for an autograph, before security pushed him back.

Monday morning, Kushner released an 11-page statement that he also was delivering to the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirming he'd made four contacts with Russians during his father-in-law's presidential campaign or after the election.

He described the meetings as unmemorable and denied colluding with the Russian government to get his father-in-law elected, or that he'd relied on Russian funds to help his businesses in the private sector.

Kushner has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, after it was revealed that he and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort had sat in on a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and a Russian lobbyist, who Trump Jr. believed would deliver potentially damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Kushner said he did not read an email describing the meeting, and that he texted an assistant to call him as he needed an "excuse to get out of meeting."

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