US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, intends to tell the Senate Committee that neither he nor any of Trump's campaign headquarters colluded with Russian representatives in order to influence the outcome of the election.
He will argue that he had no reprehensible contacts with the Russian side and did not receive any funds from her in the interests of his entrepreneurial activities.
Kushner's opening speech was published on the eve of a meeting of the Senate Committee, which, in conjunction with the House of Representatives Committee, is investigating possible Moscow's intervention in the last presidential election in the United States.
The 36-year-old Kushner is the senior adviser to the president and was responsible for the digital strategy of Trump's election campaign. He is married to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.
Kushner, who is trying not to "glow" in the media, will address the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, and then on Tuesday will report back to the congressional committee.
"I did not collude, and I do not know anyone who took part in the election campaign, who would have colluded with any foreign government," Kushner said in a statement to both committees on Monday. contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the pre-election campaign, they hardly happened. "
Further in the statement, Kushner describes his short meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and at the very end he mentions "four possible contacts with Russian representatives."
He mentions a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya last June. Presumably, she offered to convey to Kuschner compromising material on Hillary Clinton.
Kushner says that he was late for this meeting, he realized that nothing interesting was being discussed there, and that it was "a waste of time."
"I even sent an e-mail to my assistant from this meeting, after being there for about 10 minutes or so, I wrote: you can call me on the mobile, I need an excuse to leave here," Kushner says.
According to Trump's son-in-law, he did not talk with Veselnitsky either before or after this meeting, and even thought about it until an electronic correspondence with Donald Trump's son surfaced in June.
"Not once during the meeting at which I attended, the election campaign was not affected, this meeting, as far as I know, had no consequences, I do not remember how many people were there (and their names), and I do not know anything about the documents that at this meeting would have been proposed or received, "Kushner said.
According to Trump Jr., the former head of Trump's election headquarters, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting, and they did not hand over any materials compromising Hillary Clinton.
It is expected that at the hearings in Congress Jared Kushner will not use the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives the right not to testify against oneself.
"I am ready to share information with the investigation," Kushner said in a statement, "Today I demonstrated this willingness and will continue cooperation, since I have nothing to hide."
It is also expected that on Monday Kushner will not be compelled to testify under oath. However, everything he said could later be used against him and referred to the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Russian interference in the course of the presidential elections in the United States.
"We would like to find out a lot," said member of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, "and we need to cover a significant information field."
Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort were supposed to appear before Congress on Wednesday, but the hearings were delayed indefinitely, while lawyers negotiated the materials and topics of the discussion.
In turn, Donald Trump invariably denies any collusion with Moscow.
On Sunday, he wrote another tweet against the investigation: "While the fake hunt for Russian witches continues, the two groups laugh at this occasion to recoup for the lost elections, these are the Democrats and the Russians!"
Russia also persistently denies its interference in the course of the American elections.