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Jared Kushner Says 'I Did Not Collude' Ahead Of Senate Committee Appearance

Jared Kushner Says 'I Did Not Collude' Ahead Of Senate Committee Appearance”

"Sanctions are at their most effective when they are coordinated".

Earlier Monday, Kushner released an 11-page statement that was billed as his remarks to both the Senate and House committees.

Jared Kusher also said he never colluded with any foreign government during the presidential campaign.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, emerged from behind the scenes on Monday to tell Senate investigators he had no part in any Kremlin attempt to meddle in the USA election despite having met Russians four times previous year.

Mr Kushner, who keeps a very low media profile, will attend a private session on Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and then appear before the House version on Tuesday.

"And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information", Kushner said.

After initially telling ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the President supports the bill, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that Trump "wants to make sure we get the best deal for the American people".

But the West Wing's defensive strategy rapidly began to unravel this week when it was reported that Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, had a meeting previous year on June 9 in New York's Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected attorney who was said to have information that would hurt Clinton's candidacy.

"I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for 10 or so minutes and wrote "Can u pls call me on my cell?"

While yesterday, he said: "As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!"

The committees will be particularly interested in finding out more about what went on during the now infamous meeting set up by Donnie Jr. for the objective of gaining damaging intel on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. He pushes back against that and said that he had met with Sergey Kislyak, who was the Russian ambassador, and that he just wanted to see if they had a secure channel to be able to talk to Russian officials because they didn't have one in the Trump campaign.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE, a member of the Judiciary Committee, was responding to a Sunday Trump tweet that some saw as veiled message to Grassley, who spent the weekend explaining his decisions related to planned testimony from Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He says he arrived late and when he heard the lawyer discussing the issue of worldwide adoptions, he texted his assistant to call him out.

In the statement, Kushner described contacts with Kislyak and other Russian officials as normal in his former role as the campaign liaison to foreign governments.

Kushner was one of several Trump associates to meet with a Russian attorney linked to the Kremlin in Trump Tower in NY in June 2016.

Sources familiar with the matter say no date has been set for his and Manafort's private interviews with the committee. "Nothing else occurred", the statement said.

Among the meetings with Russian officials was a June 2016 sit-down that included Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

He said Kislyak recommended meeting with banker Sergey Gorkov - "someone with a direct line to the Russian President who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together". This dirt came from the the village of Nvgorod in Belarus, the hometown of Kushner's grandparents.

- Kushner said he met on December 13 with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker, for 20-25 minutes and received gifts of a piece of art and a bag of dirt, both from a village in Belarus where Kushner's grandparents were from.

But Schiff seems to have gotten a boost from the Trump insult - his response on Twitter, that Trump's "comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office" - was retweeted 30,000 times and liked 84,000 times as of late Monday. Kushner says the form was "prematurely submitted due to a miscommunication" with his assistant.

Newt Gingrich, a frequent Trump adviser, said that the president, with his criticisms of Sessions, was simply venting and being "honest about his feelings".



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