White House senior adviser Jared Kushner went before the cameras on Monday afternoon to make a rare statement blasting allegations that he colluded with Russian operatives in order to secure a presidential victory for father-in-law Donald Trump.
Kushner had just emerged from a two-hour closed-door testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee when he made his remarks, which followed a statement that he made in the morning shooting down the allegations.
“Let me be clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,” Kushner said, echoing his denial of calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak that he laid out in his 11-page statement.
“I had no improper contacts, I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses, and I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information,” he continued.
As for why Trump triumphed over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Kushner chalked up the victory to a sweeping failure on the part of the Democrats to inspire the American people.
“Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him,” he said.
Kushner will return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on his supposed dealings with Kislyak. He has also courted controversy for participating in a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who professed to have incriminating information about Clinton.
Waving away the meeting as a “waste of time” and noting that he texted an assistant to bail him out of the sit down with a phone call, Kushner claimed that he only heard the lawyer discuss the issue of Russian adoptions without offering up any opposition research.