Kushner on whether he'd contact FBI if Russians ask for another meeting: 'I don't know'

White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Trump spars with reporter over Kushner's 'our stockpile' remark Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description MORE said in an interview that aired on HBO late Sunday that he doesn’t know if he would contact the FBI if contacted again by Russians seeking a meeting.

Kushner, who is President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE's son-in-law, was pressed by Axios reporter Jonathan Swan on why he didn’t originally contact the FBI after receiving an email that offered the Trump campaign a meeting with Russians offering dirt on rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE

“We’re in a place now where people are playing Monday morning quarterback and they’re being so self-righteous,” Kushner said. 

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He said he was running three companies and helping with the presidential campaign in the summer of 2016 when he got an email that told him to show up for a “meeting that I had been told about earlier that I didn’t know what the hell it was about.”

 

“I show up at the meeting, I stay for 15 minutes, it’s a clown show,” Kushner said, referring to the meeting in Trump Tower where he reportedly met with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

“I never would have thought about that meeting again," he added. "Had there been something that actually was nefarious at that meeting that came up, maybe we would have done something different.”


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Kushner during the new interview called the meeting a “total waste of time” but was noncommittal when pressed on whether he would report hypothetical future meetings to the FBI.

"I don't know," he said. “It’s hard to do hypotheticals, but the reality is is that we were not given anything that was salacious."

He was then asked by Swan if seeing an email from Russia offering campaign help set off “some alarm bell.”

“The email that I got on my iPhone at the time basically said show up at 4. I didn’t scroll down,” Kushner said.