Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, and senior advisor to the White House has testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he stated that he had not colluded with the Russians during the US Presidential Elections last year. Mr. Kushner was answering questions from Senate investigators on the alleged Russian interference in last year’s elections. The probe has thus entered a critical phase, with some of Trump’s closest allies being questioned.
After the closed door questioning ended, Kushner briefly fielded some questions from reporters outside the White House. Kushner flatly denied any collusion, saying “Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. 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.
“All of my actions are proper”
“Since the first questions were raised in March, I have been consistent in saying I was eager to share whatever information I have with investigating bodies, and I have done so today,” he continued. “All of my actions were proper.” Kushner was quoted by NDTV.
Experts in the legal domain feel that all of Mr. Kushner’s testimony before the Senate will ultimately be forwarded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In May, Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel; his task is to conduct an investigation into the alleged Russian interference in last year’s elections. It is his task to find out if any criminal act was committed during the alleged Russian meddling.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Deputy White House Press Secretary who is a contender to the job of White House Press Secretary after the beleaguered Sean Spicer resigned, welcomed the decision. Sanders said, “(The President) was very proud of Jared for voluntarily going to the Hill and being very transparent with every interaction that he’s had. He thought Jared did a great job and was very glad that he was able to go through that process and lay everything out and I think show the members of that committee as well as everybody else what a witch hunt and hoax this whole thing is.”
Kushner will have to appear before the House Intelligence Committee today, which is also running a parallel investigation on the US elections.
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
While his father-in-law appreciated Kushner’s stand, not all observers are pleased. For example, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pooh-poohed Kushner‘s claims of transparency before the Senate. Mint quoted the DNC’s deputy communications director Adrienne Watson saying, “Once again, the Trump team is laughably trying to redefine transparency as disclosing information after you have been caught lying.”
“Kushner’s clearance should be denied and he should lose his job,” she added.