President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to go in front of a Senate panel on Monday to testify that he did not, in any way, collude with Russian officials to disrupt the US election.
Sources say Kushner will claim that he didn’t participate in any improper contact with the Russians and didn’t rely on any Russian funds to finance his business deals.
The 36-year-old businessman is a senior advisor to President Trump and was in charge of the campaign’s digital strategy in 2016.
Kushner will attend the meeting on Monday which will be spearheaded by the Senate Intelligence Committee. He will then appear before the House version on Tuesday.
In the statement to both congressional committees he released on Monday, Kushner says: “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”
“With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any.” The end of his statement reads, “perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives” both during the campaign and after.
The President’s son-in-law does admit to meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June last year. She had allegedly promised damaging material on Hillary Clinton. He claims that after arriving late to that meeting, he realized little of note was being discussed and that it was “time not well-spent.”
In his Senate testimony statement, Jared Kushner says he has nothing to hide and is “happy” to share information regarding the investigation into Russian collusion.
The Senate committee is likely to ask Kushner why he lied about meeting with Russian officials while filling out his security clearance declaration. He claims the first form was a “rough draft that still had many omissions” but was filed by an assistant in error on January 18, 2017.
The committee will likely not ask Mr. Kushner to speak under oath on Monday, however, anything he says could be used against him in later hearings or lawsuits.
President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.
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