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>> I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.>> The Russia investigation reaching into President Trump's inner circle as his son-in-law Jared Kushner faces a closed door grilling on Capitol Hill. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Kushner is saying he didn't work with Russia during last year's presidential election, insisting he did nothing improper when he met four times with Russian officials last year.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the widening investigation after meeting behind closed doors with staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee.>> I had no improper contacts.>> Trumps says there's zero evidence of misdeeds but we know that people in his orbit were at least open to working with the Kremlin.
Kushner, among those who participated in a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about rival Hillary Clinton. Kushner also insisting that he's not gotten funding for his family's real estate business from Russia's sources. Saying he sought to set up a back channel communication line to the Kremlin last year to discuss military matters not money.
Kushner returning to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with the House Intelligence Committee. That committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, saying he wants to find out more about those meetings and phone calls with Russian officials.>> But there's a great many questions that we'll have for Mr. Kushner.>> Trump going after Schiff and other Democrats on Twitter, saying they're trying to discredit his election victory.
Kushner also downplaying the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia tried to tilt last year's election to Trump.>> 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.>> Kushner has tried to stay out of the public eye while in the White House and his visit to the Senate was about as low profile as it could have possibly been.
He met with staffers, not law-makers, he spoke behind closed doors and he didn't have to testify under oath. We don't know yet whether his answers satisfied members of the committee or whether they're going to want him to return for more questioning. We'll likely get a sense of that in the coming days.