Well, Jared Kushner has released a statement ahead of testimony to be delivered in closed-door sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and then the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow.
Unsurprisingly, Kushner does not admit to colluding with the Russians in order to undercut America’s democratic process and install his father-in-law in the White House. Specifically, Kushner says this:
I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.
Got it. Show of hands: how many people are buying that?
“Kushner portrays himself as a goal-oriented task master new to presidential politics who assumed increasingly important responsibilities on a fast-paced campaign in which decisions were made ‘on the fly,’ including serving as the main point of contact for foreign government officials,” WaPo writes, recapping the 11-page statement.
In fact, it turns out that Kushner couldn’t even remember Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s name when he needed to.
As WaPo goes on to detail, “on Nov. 9, the day after the election, when the campaign received a congratulatory note from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kushner tried to verify it was real and could not remember Kislyak’s name.”
Cue Johnnie Cochran’s ghost: “If he can’t remember that Russian’s name, you must acquit.”
Anyway, you can read the full statement below, but obviously it’s meaningless. Here’s one thing worth noting:
Very interesting turn of phrase in Kushner's statement. Reads like he's acknowledging a relationship and just saying he didn't know of it. pic.twitter.com/4e2L54Nciw
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) July 24, 2017
The real question here is this: when will everyone decide that it’s no longer worth risking prison for Trump?
And believe me, that day is coming, because it seems exceptionally unlikely that everyone involved in this campaign is going to stick by the President until the bitter end.
Especially considering the fact that Trump has, at various times, shown himself to be more than willing to throw everyone but himself under the proverbial bus.