WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami) — Senior White House Adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had firm words after meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee – “I did not collude with Russia.”
That’s what Kushner had to say to the public after the meeting.
“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,” said Kushner.
Kushner is the first White House employee to be grilled by investigators looking into any ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign aides.
Earlier he told Congress he did not try to conceal any contacts with Russians and that any meetings he did have were routine.
“I had no improper contacts,” said Kushner.
In an 11 page prepared opening statement he released Monday morning ahead of a closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Kushner told Senate Intelligence Committee investigators he did not collude with Russia during the campaign.
In Kushner’s statement, he said he met with a Russian back in December. Around that same time, he also met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. He says he was looking to establish a line of communication between Russia and then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to talk about Syria.
Read: Jared Kushner Statement
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democratic member of the Intelligence Committee wants Kushner to testify publicly in open session, saying his statement raises more questions than answers.
Monday’s Senate testimony was just the first meeting for Kushner. He will be back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with the House Intelligence Committee.
“His counsel has said they’ll only make him available for two hours so we expect this is just going to be the first interview. But there’s a great many questions that we’ll have for Mr. Kushner,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
President Trump slammed the top Democrat on the House committee Monday morning tweeting: “Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased congressman looking into ‘Russia,’ spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!”
The president then took a shot at his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions calling him “beleagured” and asking why he and Congress aren’t investigating Hillary Clinton as well.
Last week the president told the New York Times he wouldn’t have nominated Sessions to head up the Department of Justice if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
President Trump’s oldest son – Donald Trump Junior – and campaign Chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to their own closed-door meetings with the Senate Judiciary Committee.