Despite having conveniently forgotten more than a hundred meetings with foreign officials, particularly from Russia, and having sought a backchannel for communications with Putin that evaded our intelligence agency surveillance, Jared Kushner swears he’s totally innocent and has been totally transparent — but not under oath.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, spent two hours Monday answering questions from Senate investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, as the various probes into Russian interference during the 2016 campaign entered a new phase involving some of those closest to Trump.
After his closed-door questioning, Kushner spoke briefly to reporters outside the White House.
“Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so,” he said. “I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses, and I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information.
“Since the first questions were raised in March, I have been consistent in saying I was eager to share whatever information I have with investigating bodies, and I have done so today,’’ he said. “All of my actions were proper.’’…
Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president “was very proud of Jared for voluntarily going to the Hill and being very transparent with every interaction that he’s had. He thought Jared did a great job and was very glad that he was able to go through that process and lay everything out and I think show the members of that committee as well as everybody else what a witch hunt and hoax this whole thing is.’’
Look, if it was one person forgetting a single meeting with some Russian official, you could dismiss that as just an innocent mistake. But we have at least five different Trump officials or advisers who left dozens and dozens of such meetings off their disclosure forms, or who publicly swore they never had any such meetings. And in all cases, they only admitted that those meetings took place after the media reported the evidence for it. And some of those meetings involved them seeking negative information on Clinton or a backchannel for communications that would eliminate even the possibility of transparency. No reasonable person could believe there isn’t something seriously wrong here. This is not inadvertent memory loss, this is a cover up.