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

White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Trump preparing another 100 pardons, commutations before leaving office: reports 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 TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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 ClintonBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Clinton says it meant 'great deal' to hold inauguration weeks after riot 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.”


Kushner’s Trump Tower meeting, which then-Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE and Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpSinger Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' More voters say pardons for Trump's family would be inappropriate: poll Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign MORE also attended, was documented and investigated as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s report.

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.