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Kushner told Congress he did not recall campaign contact with WikiLeaks: report

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President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner told congressional investigators in July that he was not aware of any communications between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, according to a CNN report on Friday.

That testimony appears to contradict a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee this week disclosing that Kushner had received an email in 2016 from Donald Trump Jr. about contact the president’s eldest son had with the anti-secrecy website.

According to CNN, a source familiar with Kushner’s testimony in July said he answered lawmakers’ questions accurately and did not recall whether anyone else on the campaign was in contact with WikiLeaks.

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In a letter sent to Kushner’s lawyer on Thursday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, respectively, said that “other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Мr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official.”

The letter also said that documents turned over to the committee by Kushner were “incomplete” and gave him until Nov. 27 to turn over remaining documents.

The revelation that Kushner was aware of Trump Jr.’s contacts with WikiLeaks came days after the president’s eldest son confirmed that he had communicated with the group and released the messages they exchanged in the months before the November 2016 election.

WikiLeaks published emails that had been stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, as well as from the Democratic National Committee, before the election.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of multiple congressional panels investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is carrying out the criminal investigation into the matter, including whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

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