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Trump's Son-In-Law Kushner Says 'No Improper Contacts' With Russians


White House senior advisor Jared Kushner

U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, says that he has not colluded with any foreign government and had "no improper contacts" with Russians during the U.S. presidential campaign or the transition period.

Kushner, who is a senior White House adviser, made the remarks in a written statement to U.S. congressional committees on July 24.

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner said in the statement, released before he was due to appear in closed-door meetings with U.S. lawmakers.

Congressional committees are investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and any collusion between Russia and associates of Trump.

Kushner said he had "perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives" during the campaign and the transition period after Trump's victory on November 8.

"I had no improper contacts," Kushner said, adding: "I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector."

He also denied that he suggested a "secret back channel" for communications with Moscow.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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