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Senate Dem: Kushner's statement raises more questions than it answers

Senate Dem: Kushner's statement raises more questions than it answers
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenFCC to move forward with considering executive order targeting tech's liability shield Top Democrats call for watchdog to review Trump Medicare drug cards On The Money: Trump says talks on COVID-19 aid are now 'working out' | Pelosi shoots down piecemeal approach | Democrats raise questions about Trump tax audits MORE (D-Ore.) said on Monday that a statement from Jared Kushner in which the senior White House aide denies colluding with Russia during the 2016 election "raises far more questions than it answers."

Wyden also questioned the trustworthiness of Kushner, who is also President Trump's son-in-law.

“More broadly, Kushner has repeatedly concealed information about his personal finances and meetings with foreign officials. There should be no presumption that he is telling the whole truth in this statement,” Wyden said in his own statement.

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The Democratic senator also called on Kushner to provide relevant files regarding his interactions with Russian officials and publicly testify under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

“It is imperative that the public hear Jared Kushner testify in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee, under oath, and support his claims with full transparency in the form of emails, documents and financial records,” Wyden, who serves on the panel, continued.

The Oregon lawmaker said Kushner's statement was likely crafted with the help of a "clever lawyer" who wrote statement in a way that provided to an "incomplete" overview of his Russian business dealings and contacts.

“His description of his financial relationships with individuals and businesses tied to Russia appears incomplete, at best. Notably, the comment ‘I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector,’ is clearly the work of a clever lawyer trying to protect his client, not someone trying to clear up questions raised by Congress and the American people," Wyden said. "He has an obligation to be transparent with all relevant documents to back up his claims."

Kushner repeated the assertions made in his statement on Monday at the White House, where he spoke to reporters after meeting privately with congressional staffers investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

"Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information," Kushner said.