Sessions should testify before Senate Judiciary Committee again, Franken says

Kushner denied any collusion with the Russian government, which was engaged throughout 2016 in a campaign of its own to interfere in the election and help Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.Some lawyers not involved in the case expressed surprise that, given the potential legal pitfalls of the criminal investigation, Kushner or any other Trump advisers would take the risk of talking to Congress, given that such statements could be used against them later by criminal prosecutors. He oversaw digital strategy for the campaign, and some lawmakers have said they want more answers about whether Russian social media “trolls” were connected to Trump’s election efforts.Trump Jr. and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was also at the June 2016 meeting, were scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.He says that he was late to the meeting and only in the room for 10 minutes while the issue of Russian adoptions was discussed. “As I did with most emails when I was working remotely, I quickly reviewed on my iPhone the relevant message that the meeting would occur at 4:00 PM at his office”, Kushner wrote.President Donald Trump’s son-in-law says that he only had four contacts with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition and that none of them were improper. “I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sectors”.”No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted”, Kushner’s statement says. And he noted that he had his assistant get him out of a meeting now at the center of headlines about Russian Federation matters. He adds that it was not just information pertaining to Russians missing – “all foreign contacts were omitted”. The New York Post reported that the two, who with Jared Kushner, met Russians on June 9 at the Trump Tower, are negotiating the terms of their appearances.”Can u pls call me on my cell?” The White House has said the meeting was unrelated to business and was part of Kushner’s busy diplomatic schedule. In that December meeting, he proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.Kushner described the encounter as a waste of time. “We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place”, he said in a written statement, as quoted by the CNN broadcaster. I did not raise the possibility of using the embassy or any other Russian facility for any goal other than this one possible conversation in the transition period.That meeting was the subject of reports claiming that Kushner and Kislyak had sought to establish a secret backchannel between the two countries, which Kushner denies. “I did not know or have any contact with Mr. Gorkov before that meeting, and I have had no reason to connect with him since”, Kushner’s statement read.”I agreed to meet Mr. Gorkov because the Ambassador has been so insistent, said he had a direct relationship with the President, and because Mr. Gorkov was only in NY for a couple days”. VEB, which has been under United States sanctions since July 2014, has claimed the interaction was a business meeting set up due to Kushner’s role as a prominent NY real estate developer. He has since revised those forms several times.