Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Kushner’s explanations ‘blatantly ridiculous’

A former Watergate special prosecutor says Jared Kushner's explanations about his meetings with Russian nationals during the presidential race are “blatantly ridiculous.”

Jill Wine-Banks told MSNBC on Monday night that Kushner's legal defense presented in an 11-page document to Congress doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

“He clearly has a very good lawyer, but as soon as you start to probe it it falls apart,” she said. “The explanations that are offered seem blatantly ridiculous.”

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Wine-Banks said Kushner’s explanations for excluding more than 100 foreign contacts from his initial ethics disclosure forms were not believable to her.

She added that the most unbelievable of Kushner’s excuses was the fact that he claims that he did not know what the meeting with the Russian lawyer was about before going in.

Wine-Banks said there were still so many questions about Kushner’s statement that were left unanswered and called on investigators to interview Kushner’s assistant and other people who were present in the meeting.

“These are just lies, they are not believable,” she said.

Kushner attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer along with Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He claims he did not know ahead of time that the intermediary who set up the meeting told Trump Jr. that the lawyer had damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE.

Kushner, a White House senior adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's son-in-law, is scheduled to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.