Jared Kushner Is Lying About Russia Meetings and Contacts, Ex-Watergate Special Prosecutor Says

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Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president, arrives to speak to the media outside the West Wing, July 24. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Jared Kushner’s explanations for his contacts with Russians during last year’s election sound like lies, according to a former assistant special prosecutor who worked on Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal and investigation.

Jill Wine-Banks, who has been highly critical of President Donald Trump and his administration while claiming impeachment is around the corner, stated Monday during an interview on MSNBC’s The Last Word that the 11-page statement by Kushner, the White House senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law, along with his reasons behind meetings with Russians, are “blatantly ridiculous.”

“First I want to say it was a very smoothly written document,” Wine-Banks said. “He clearly has a very good lawyer. But as soon as you start to probe it, it falls apart. The explanations that are offered seem blatantly ridiculous. The explanation for the back channel is not credible to me, the explanation for forgetting over 100 foreign contacts isn’t believable.”

In the statement issued just before his closed testimony before the Senate intelligence committee Monday, Kushner admitted to contact with four Russians, including ambassador Sergei Kislyak, but did not name the other three.

Kushner also flatly denied colluding with Russia and that his businesses relied on financing from Russia.

Reports have surfaced that Kushner, as well as ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, had attempted to set up a direct line of communication between the campaign and the Russian government. Kushner also reportedly met in December with the head of a Russian state-run bank while Trump’s team transitioned to the White House, The New York Times reported last month.

“There are so many questions,” Wine-Banks continued. “As we’ve already said, you want to ask the assistant who filled it out, ‘What’s wrong with it?’ But every other part of that question, of his statement, needs to be evaluated, in depth. Every witness in those meetings needs to be talked to.”

Wine-Banks also dissected Kushner’s reason for attending the June 2016 meeting set up by his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr. in an effort to obtain political opposition research incriminating Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

“The most incredible to me is, ‘I didn’t know what I was going to that meeting for. I had no idea what it was about,’” she said.  “‘And when I got there it was about adoptions, and so I was just bored and wanted to leave.’ Again, he’s blaming the assistant. He says, ‘I wrote to my assistant to get me out of the meeting by calling and saying I had to leave.’ That’s something that can be checked. I want to know if he actually left the meeting, whether he sent such an email, a text,” Wine-Banks said.

Wine-Banks concluded, “There are so many questions. And almost everything when you really probe it, even though it sounds credible when you first read it—when you think about it, you want to tear your hair out and think, These are just lies, they are not believable.”

Wine-Banks’s comments came hours after Kushner met with the Senate committee probing the Trump campaign’s alleged links to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, with Kushner also scheduled to meet the House’s parallel committee Tuesday.