- Kushner offers his first public accounting of what he says are his four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and transition
- Kushner also seeks to distance himself from the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower
Standing behind a White House logo outside the West Wing, he said "I did not collude with Russia," adding "I do not know of anyone else" on the campaign who did so.
His comments outside the White House were similar to an 11-page statement released ahead of his closed-door interview with Senate intelligence committee staff. In that document, Kushner offered his first public accounting of what he says are his four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and transition, offering previously undisclosed details of those meetings. The statement comes as federal and congressional investigators are scrutinizing Kushner's contacts with Russians as part of their probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Kushner repeatedly makes the case in the document that he discussed nothing improper during those meetings, which include two encounters with the Russian ambassador in Washington, a meeting with the head of a Russian state-owned bank and the June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and others that was set up by Kushner's brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr.
"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner says in the statement. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest."
Kushner disputes a Reuters report
claiming he had two phone calls between April and November 2016 with the Russian ambassador at the time, Sergey Kislyak, explaining that he has no recollection of those calls and a "comprehensive review of my land line and cell phone records from the time does not reveal those calls."