Kushner spoke outside the White House after releasing an 11-page document which detailed his four previously undisclosed meetings with Russians during the election
The 36-year-old made the public statement after being grilled for more than two hours by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee over the Trump campaign’s alleged links to the Kremlin.
Jared Kushner defiantly addressed reporters outside the White House after a two hour grilling by Senate investigators
Before addressing the world’s media, Kushner, who is one of the US President’s most trusted advisers, released an 11-page statement in which he detailed four meetings he had with Russians during the election which he previously failed to disclose.
Those controversial meetings including conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, a Kremlin-linked lawyer and a Russian banker.
While appearing outside the White House, the real estate magnate said he did not know of anyone within the Trump administration who had colluded with Moscow.
He said: “Since the first questions were raised in March, I have been consistent in saying, I was eager to share any information I had with the investigating bodies, and I’ve done so today.
“The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign.
“Let me be very clear. I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.
“I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information.”
In the earlier statement released ahead of the interviews with congressional committees, Kushner declared that he has “nothing to hide”.
President Trumps son-in-law denied colluding with Russia during the election in both his written and live statements today
Jared Kushner and his father-in-law Donald Trump are under scrutiny over their links with Russia. File picture
The 11-page statement attempted to explain inconsistencies and omissions in a security clearance form that has invited public scrutiny.
The 36-year-old said: “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”
Kushner also insists that none of the contacts, which include meetings at Trump Tower with the Russian ambassador and a Russian lawyer, were improper.
In speaking to Congress, Kushner becomes the first member of the president’s inner circle to face questions from congressional investigators as they probe Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
He will meet with staff on the Senate intelligence committee today and lawmakers on the House intelligence committee tomorrow.
Kushner’s appearances have been highly anticipated, in part because of a series of headlines in recent months about his interactions with Russians and because the reticent Kushner had until today not personally responded to questions about an incomplete security clearance form and his conversations with foreigners.
“I have shown today that I am willing to do so and will continue to cooperate as I have nothing to hide,” he said in the statement.
The document provides for the first time Kushner’s own recollection of a meeting at Trump Tower with the Russian ambassador to the US to talk about secure lines of communications and, months earlier, of a gathering with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information to provide about Hillary Clinton.
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In the document, Kushner calls the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya such a “waste of time” that he asked his assistant to call him out of the gathering.
Emails released this month show that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, accepted the meeting with the idea that he would receive information as part of a Russian government effort to help Trump’s campaign.
But Kushner says he hadn’t seen those emails until recently shown them by his lawyers.
Kushner said in his statement that Trump Jr invited him to the meeting.
He says he arrived late and when he heard the lawyer discussing the issue of adoptions, he texted his assistant to call him out.
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“No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted,” Kushner’s statement says.
Kushner also denied reports he discussed setting up a “secret back-channel” with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
But he did detail a conversation with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in December at Trump Tower that retired US. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then-incoming national security adviser, also attended.
During the meeting, Kushner said he and Kislyak talked about establishing a secure line for the countries to communicate about policy in Syria.
Kushner said that when Kislyak asked if there was a secure way for him to provide information on Syria from what Kislyak called his “generals”, Kushner asked if there was an existing communications channel at the embassy that could be used to convey the information to Flynn.
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“The Ambassador said that would not be possible and so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the Inauguration. Nothing else occurred,” the statement said.
Kushner said he never proposed an ongoing secret form of communication.
Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner declined comment when asked about Kushner’s characterisation of the meeting.
He also said he met with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, at the request of Kislyak but that no specific policies were discussed.
Kushner also explained that his application form for a security clearance form was submitted prematurely due to a miscommunication with his assistant, who had erroneously believed the document was complete.
He said he mistakenly omitted all of his foreign contacts, not just his meetings with Russians, and has worked in the last six months with the FBI to correct the record.
Kushner, seen here with Ivanka, says he will cooperate with the investigation
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In addition, Kushner described receiving a “random email” during the presidential campaign from someone claiming to have Trump’s tax returns and demanding a ransom to keep the information secret.
Unlike every other major presidential candidate over the last 40 years, Trump didn’t release his tax returns during the campaign. Since taking office, he has continued to refuse.
The president took to Twitter to repeat his criticism of the investigations, reiterate allegations against his former opponent and included a swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was the subject of a scathing public rebuke by Trump in a New York Times interview last week.
“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” the president tweeted.
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