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Kushner, in statement, says ‘I did not collude’ with foreign government

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee.”I believed developing a thoughtful approach on Syria was a very high priority given the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and I asked if they had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use where they would be comfortable transmitting the information they wanted to relay to General Flynn”, Kushner wrote.In pre-submitted testimony to the Senate committee, Kushner said he had not colluded with any foreign government during last year’s campaign nor was he aware of anyone else connected to the campaign who had done so.While he says that being a point of contact for foreign governments was one of his roles, “With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any”.KEITH: Well, that audio you were hearing came from a statement he delivered at the White House after speaking with Senate investigators, but that was behind closed doors and lasted more than two hours.After the session, Kushner gave a speech at the White House, reiterating remarks made in the statement earlier.Grassley, an Iowa senator, and Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina are the two Republican senators faced with leading high-profile Russian Federation probes.Where to begin? Scaramucci (already, after only six months, the “Scrappy-Doo” or “Chachi” of the Trump administration, according to Colbert) advising White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on-air, about looking prettier for the cameras? “The Ambassador said that would not be possible, so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the inauguration”.Mr Kushner said he had provided the senate panel, the first of two committees he will speak to this week, with all documents requested.Kushner said he attended a meeting in NY with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, after being asked to do so by Kislyak.Kushner asserts that meetings with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak were basically just an attempt to be more friendly with Russia. “Need excuse to get our of meeting, ‘” Kushner said.During the meeting, he recalled emailing an assistant: “Can u pls call me on my cell?”Sanctions imposed by Democratic former President Barack Obama’s administration were not discussed nor were Mr Kushner’s business activities, Mr Kushner said.”That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time”, Kushner said in the statement.Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was also at the meeting, is being compelled to appear at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to testify on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Russia’s attempts to influence USA elections.The White House has sent mixed messages about whether Trump would sign the legislation and has expressed concern over limiting the president’s power to ease sanctions on his own.