Monday, July 24, 2017
Is he capable of giving testimony?
Jared Kushner had to fill out a very detailed form listing among other things, foreign contacts and details of his finances. Somehow the whiz kid, most noted for overpaying for a prestigious property at the top of the market, managed to 'forget' to include over 100 contacts that should have been included and over $1 Billion in financing. Naturally when he was called to testify before Congress, he was not required to give his testimony under oath or in public.
President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, emerged Monday from a private, two-hour-long meeting with congressional investigators and said his meetings last year with Russians were not part of any attempt by Moscow to disrupt the presidential election.We don't know yet what Jared said but we can tell from his remarks that he is in way over his head and the Republicans need to handle him carefullyso he doesn't do a Junior on them.It would be nice if they also pulled his security clearence and relieved him of duties he will never fulfill.
“All of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign,” Mr. Kushner said on the White House grounds. “I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.”
He said President Trump won the election because he had a better message and ran a smarter campaign than Hillary Clinton, not because he had help from Russia.
“Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him,” Mr. Kushner said in brief remarks. He took no questions from reporters.
In his prepared remarks to investigators, Mr. Kushner said he had been unaware that a June 2016 meeting he attended at Trump Tower was set up in the hope that a Russian lawyer would provide the Trump campaign with damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Kushner, who gave his statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, said he went to the meeting at the request of the president’s eldest son, Donald J. Trump Jr. Mr. Kushner said he did not read an email forwarded by the younger Mr. Trump saying that the Russian government was providing dirt about Mrs. Clinton as part of its effort to help the Trump campaign.
In his prepared remarks, Mr. Kushner gave his first public explanation of his contacts with Russian government officials and other Kremlin-connected people over the past year. He acknowledged that after the November election, he sought a direct line of communication to the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. He characterized that action as a routine part of his job in establishing foreign contacts for Mr. Trump’s transition team.
In the remarks, Mr. Kushner flatly denied any collusion: “I had no improper contacts. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”
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I expect your mind is already made up firmly, but if you are open to other arguments you might read <a href="http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2017/07/did-sessions-discuss-campaign-related.html>The Daily Howler.</a>
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