Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Trump, released prepared remarks before his closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee early Monday morning.
In the statement, Kushner outlined his meetings with Russians and other foreign nationals over the course of the campaign, but reiterated that he “did not collude” with the Russian government or any other government, nor did he “know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded.”
Kushner also touched on his incomplete submission of the SF-86 form, required for obtaining the security clearance necessary to take part in classified discussions. As Vox’s Lindsay Maizland wrote in her explainer on potential revocation of Kushner’s security clearance:
During this phase, the person applying for the security clearance submits the necessary paperwork. This includes submitting a 127-page form, known as the SF-86, detailing all “close and/or continuing contact with a foreign national within the last seven years,” as well as lots of other information about their extended family, where they’ve lived in the past, and all previous employment.
The SF-86 is the form on which Kushner initially failed to report his contacts with foreign nationals.
Kushner blamed his assistant for submitting the form early without any information about meetings with foreign nationals. His updated form still failed to mention the now-infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked attorney, which he attributed to forgetting about the meeting, something he viewed as a “waste” of his time.
Read the full statement here and below: