Jared Kushner says he only had four contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, but none of them were improper. He added that his meeting with a Russian-American lawyer was “a waste of time.”
Kushner disclosed the information in an 11-page statement provided to AP and other agencies on Monday.
His comments come hours before he is to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The interview will be held behind closed doors.
“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 in a written statement before his meeting with the Senate.
Kushner says he had “perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives” during the election campaign and the presidential transition period that followed.
Kushner’s meeting with Russian-American lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya back in June 2016 was “a waste of time,” Trump’s son-in-law said, adding that Donald Trump Jr. invited him to the meeting, but when he arrived, he heard the lawyer discussing the adoption issue.
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