Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, released an 11-page statement detailing his contacts with Russians during and since Trump's presidential campaign ahead of his closed-door appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday.
Kushner says he "had no improper contacts" with Russian Federation and says his actions were entirely "proper".
He is expected to face questions about his contacts with Russian citizens and officials when he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
Jared Kushner, on his role in a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney.
Kushner did not initially disclose any meetings with Russians on forms he filed to get a government security clearance.
Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. released emails this month that showed he appeared to welcome the prospect of damaging information from the Russian government about Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
- Kushner said he attended a meeting, at the invitation of his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr., on June 9, 2016, at Trump Tower in NY. He says he arrived late and when he heard the lawyer discussing the issue of adoptions, he texted his assistant to call him out.
He addressed a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in April 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. He said, "We shook hands, exchanged brief pleasantries".
Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote 'Can u pls call me on my cell?
Kushner said he asked if the Russians had an existing communications channel at the Russian Embassy that could be used to transmit information to the transition team, but Kislyak indicated that was not possible and they agreed to follow up after the inauguration.
Kushner explained that his application form for a security clearance form was submitted prematurely due to a miscommunication with his assistant, who had erroneously believed the document was complete. When he and Kislyak met at Trump Tower on December 1, Kushner said he asked Kislyak to identify the best person to be a contact for direct discussions and a line to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Nothing else occurred. I did not suggest a 'secret back channel.' I did not suggest an ongoing secret form of communication for then or for when the administration took office", Kushner said.
- Kushner said he met on December 13 with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker, for 20-25 minutes and received gifts of a piece of art and a bag of dirt, both from a village in Belarus where Kushner's grandparents were from. Kushner said he had "incoming contacts" with people from roughly 15 countries.
He said he mistakenly omitted all of his foreign contacts, not just his meetings with Russians, and has worked in the last six months with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to correct the record. "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russian Federation relations?" the president tweeted. He has since revised those forms several times.