On Monday, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner has told reporters, via written statement according to NPR’s latest report that he denies any knowledge of collusion with any foreign government for the 2016 presidential election.
After a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kushner spoke to reporters to claim that all his actions occurred “in the normal course” of the campaign.
Although he took no questions from journalists, there are many that remain which may be brought up by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Each will be doing their own investigations into possible links the Trump campaign and associates had with Russian officials during 2016.
Despite public remarks of zero collusion and interference, Kushner’s 11-page statement affirms “hardly any” contact with Russia. This comes after the widely reported and scrutinized meetings it’s been revealed he has had with a Russian attorney during the summer.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., had released emails in advance that indicated Kushner’s involvement with the meeting and the Russian intermediary’s promise of damaging information concerning then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
Kushner’s statement includes that by the time he attended the meeting, it had turned towards discussion of US sanctions against Russia that resulted in Russia banning US adoptions of Russian children. Kushner stated, “I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent in this meeting.”
Further assurances were made by Kushner that no funds from Russia had been relied on to fund any business activities in private sectors and that he tried to be transparent during the filing of his security clearance form SF-86.
Kushner has faced past scrutiny for his filing, which not only failed to list any of the meetings he has had with Russian officials, but of any relationships he has maintained to any foreign contacts. The SF-86 is the questionnaire required of any government official to receive high levels of security clearance.
There are still questions that need to be answered, that are being preemptively rebutted by Kushner’s statement. Such as, whether his meeting with the CEO of a major Russian bank under US sanctions resulted in assistance to the Trump family’s $1.3 billion in debt still owed on a building on Fifth Avenue in New York, City.