Kushner: No collusion with Russia, Trump won because of his "better message" and "smarter campaign"

Following his closed-door meeting with congressional investigators regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner said that he answered "as many" questions" as they had asked him, and that he felt the inquiry "went well."

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Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser of US President Donald Trump, testified on Monday night in a closed session before the US Senate intelligence committee about Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. When he finished two hours later, Kushner said that the interrogation "went well".

In a statement he gave at the end of his testimony, Kushner stressed that he had in no way cooperated with Russia: “Let me be clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,” he said, denying Russian involvement of any kind in Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton. "Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him," he said, adding that serving Trump and his constituents "has been the privilege of a lifetime."

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At the same time, the British Guardian published an investigation that found additional connections between Kushner and other influential Russians, including billionaire real estate tycoon Lev Leviev. According to the findings, Trump's son-in-law bought several floors of an old building in New York in 2015 for nearly $300 million from the US branch of Africa Israel Investments, Leviev's company. The deal is being investigated in the US as a third Russian company that has been accused of money laundering what amounts to millions of dollars. 

The Africa Israel group has denied any involvement in the criminal proceedings described in the investigation.

A few hours before his testimony in the Senate, Kushner made a statement to the intelligence committee regarding his contacts with Russia before the US presidential elections in which he insisted that there had been no further contacts with any Russian body- political or otherwise- beyond those already known to the public.



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