Jared Kushner has released an 11-page statement to Congressional committees investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.
Kushner wrote that he is ‘grateful for the opportunity to set the record straight.” He also stated it’s not his practice to appear in the media or leak information. He concluded:
I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest.
As for his meetings with then-Russian Ambassador Kislyak, Kushner claims that the meeting substance is proof of his ignorance of any relationship that existed before Election Day.
The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day.
(Bold in original.)
Kushner also addressed shortcomings and inconsistencies on his security clearance form (his SF-86). He attributed the problems to “the scramble of finalizing the unwinding of my involvement from my company, moving my family to Washington, completing the paper work to divest assets…and complete my security and financial disclosure forms.” That’s a reasonable explanation, in my opinion. He had a lot going on.
In his oral testimony scheduled for Tuesday, I’m sure there will be lots of followup questions to this statement based on other accusations and media reports, and lots of political grandstanding as the president’s son-in-law is put on display for all to see and hear. This could help Trump very much, or it could be a train wreck, depending on Kushner’s answers.
He may prove himself as smart and savvy as his supporters contend, or as dumb and overwhelmed as his detractors claim.