Jared Kushner
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President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said Monday in remarks at the White House that all of his actions in the 2016 campaign were proper and that he did not collude with Russia during the presidential campaign.

“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 in a very unique campaign,” Kushner told reporters in a brief statement outside the White House, according to a report in The Hill.

Kushner returned to the White House to make the remarks after an interview behind closed doors with Senate staffers investigating Russian meddling in the presidential race.

“Let me very clear: I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so,” he stressed.

Kushner has become one of key figures in the political frenzy surrounding Trump’s campaign and Russia, particularly after it came to light that Kushner attended the meeting between Donald Trump Jr., former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a woman described as a Russian government lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

His interview with Intelligence Committee investigators behind closed doors was one of the most highly anticipated milestones in the unfolding Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Even before news of Kushner's presence at the meeting with the Russian lawyer was made public, the Senate Intelligence Committee had indicated that Kushner is one of many within the Trump administration it planned to question. Kushner has always maintained a willingness to cooperate.

Some of Kushner's remarks to reporters on Monday appeared to be quoted directly from a statement issued hours before the meeting.

His statement details several interactions with Russian officials, including the Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr., Manafort and the Russian lawyer, according to The Hill.

In each case, Kushner downplayed the interactions. He pushed back on press reports of his dealings with Russian officials, denying that he tried to organize a “secret back channel” for communications with the Russians and saying that he is “skeptical” two reported calls with the Russian ambassador during the campaign took place.

Kushner is set to appear before the House Intelligence panel on Tuesday. Both committees are probing Russian interference in the election.

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