Kush­ner says met Rus­sians four times, de­nies col­lu­sion

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Washington, US - Se­nior White House ad­vi­sor Jared Kush­ner said on Mon­day that he had con­tacts with Rus­sian of­fi­cials four times but de­nied any col­lu­sion to help his fa­ther-in-law Don­ald Trump win the pres­i­dency, US media re­ported.

Kush­ner de­scribed con­tacts made dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign with Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak and other Rus­sians as rou­tine, in a state­ment pub­lished by the New York Times.

It came hours be­fore Kush­ner was to tes­tify be­fore the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee as part of the probe into al­leged Rus­sian med­dling in last year’s US pres­i­den­tial vote.

The sprawl­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion has plagued the White House since the pres­i­dent took of­fice, with many in­flu­en­tial mem­bers of Trump’s team hav­ing failed to re­port their con­tacts with Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

‘I did not col­lude, nor know of any­one else in the cam­paign who col­luded, with any for­eign gov­ern­ment’, Kush­ner wrote.

‘I had no im­proper con­tacts. I have not re­lied on Rus­sian funds to fi­nance my busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in the pri­vate sec­tor’, Kush­ner said in the 11 page state­ment to be sub­mit­ted for the record.

Kush­ner, mar­ried to Trump’s eldest daugh­ter Ivanka, is to tes­tify in closed-door meet­ings be­fore the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer, and the House panel on Tues­day. Spe­cial coun­sel and for­mer FBI di­rec­tor Robert Mueller is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion.

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