Jared Kushner Appears at House Committee Hearing on Russia

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner looks on during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on May 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner testified in front of a closed-door House hearing Tuesday and appeared to satisfy lawmakers questioning him on claims of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

Kushner appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for approximately three hours, a day after he testified in front of a closed-door Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Monday.

Unlike Monday, Kushner released no formal statement before or after his latest testimony. But lawmakers who attended the hearing appeared impressed by what they had heard from Trump’s son-in-law.

“His answers were forthcoming and complete. He satisfied all my questions,”  Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) said, according to Politico.

Even ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), described the meeting as “productive.”.

“We appreciate his voluntary willingness to come and testify today,” Schiff said, according to the outlet.

Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) suggested that Democrats had been seeking a kill shot, but had failed.

“Obviously, they were trying to prove a point, which they couldn’t prove,” King told Politico. “The whole tone of the questions was that there was more there and they couldn’t find it.”

Republicans also suggested there was no need to bring him back for further questioning.

Kushner repeatedly denied any collusion Monday.

“Let me be clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,” Kushner said. “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 has used a public statement at the White House to take a shot at Democrats who had indicated that Trump won because of Russian interference.

“Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him,” he said.

Kushner is likely to have faced questions over his participation in a meeting in June 2016 that also featured Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer allegedly linked to the Kremlin. Trump Jr. has said he took the meeting in the belief that it would provide opposition research about Hillary Clinton — although this turned out not to be the case.

He may have also faced questions on his filing for security clearance that did not include a number of contacts with officials from foreign countries. Kushner has said that the reason for the omission was because his assistant accidentally filed the application before it was completed.

Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter:  @AdamShawNY

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