Kushner: Trump campaign too disorganized to collude with Russia

Kushner: Trump campaign too disorganized to collude with Russia
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White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly dismissed on Monday accusations that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia, saying the team was too disorganized for such a conspiracy.

In off-the-record remarks to Capitol Hill interns, as reported by Foreign Policy, Kushner said that the Trump campaign struggled to stay in touch with its own representatives across the country.

“They thought we colluded, but we couldn’t even collude with our local offices,” Kushner said, according to notes on the speech.

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Kushner also addressed the ongoing special counsel investigation into potential ties between Trump and Russia led by Robert Mueller.

“We don’t know where it’s going,” Kushner said.

Kushner’s speech to congressional interns was delayed after he was scheduled to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee about his previously undisclosed meetings with Russian nationals, including Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the CEO of a Russian state-run bank during the presidential transition.

Kushner has reportedly updated his security clearance form to include more than 100 names on a list of foreign contacts he met with. He brushed off the revisions in his talk with the interns.

“There are 127 pages on the SF-86, but there are only two you guys have to worry about,” he said. “Make sure you guys keep track of where you travel.”

Foreign Policy reported that the intern director warned the interns not to leak the contents of the speech due to rumors that some wanted to livestream the talk or take notes for journalists. Kushner reportedly told the interns he was “a lot more comfortable” giving the talk because members of the press were not in attendance.