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.
â€śLet me be clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,â€ť Kushner said, echoing his denial of calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak that he laid out in his 11-page statement.
â€śI 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,â€ť 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.
â€śDonald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him,â€ť 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 â€śwaste of timeâ€ť 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.