Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, said Monday at a conference that he did not collude with Russia and had no improper contacts, reiterating his written statement.
Kushner's address to the press Monday followed a closed-door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. Ahead of the meeting, Kushner released an 11-page written statement detailing his contacts with Russian officials and business people.
"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," he said in the statement. "I had no improper contacts."
Kushner, however, acknowledged his presence at a now highly scrutinized meeting in June 2016 with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, but said in the statement it was such a "waste of time" that he asked an assistant to call him out of the gathering.
He also denied trying to establish any "secret back channel" communications with Russia, instead, insisting that in a December meeting, former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak asked about a "secure line" to converse about military operations in Syria.
Kushner also emphasized during his brief speech Monday afternoon that he has not relied on Russian funds for his business activities in the private sector.
Kushner took no questions from the press. He is expected to meet Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee.
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