Jared Kushner Says He Hopes He's Given America 'the Transparency It Deserves' After Latest Russia Probe Interview

Following a private interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Jared Kushner, son-ion-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, said he hoped his cooperation would give the United States "the transparency it deserves" on the Russia investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team had interviewed Kushner as at least twice. Kushner, who was spotted emerging from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing room on Thursday, had attended a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian delegation and Trump senior campaign officials in June 2016.

In his first comment since Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Mueller's report on Sunday in which Barr said the special counsel found no evidence that either Trump or his campaign had conspired with the Russan government, Kushner defended his previous statements and urged Congress to "move on."

"In 2017, I was one of the very first to say that I would cooperate with congressional investigations and the Office of Special Counsel," Kushner said in a statement to Axios. "Also in 2017, I stated publicly over and over, that there was no collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump for President campaign and Russia."

Kushner continued: "After what has to be one of the most thorough and exacting investigations in history, the Office of Special Counsel has confirmed my assertions."

The senior White House adviser stated he "voluntarily answered" the Senate Intelligence Committee's follow-up questions that day "to help them complete their investigation. Which they said would be soon."

"I hope my cooperation will help the country get the transparency it deserves and puts an end to these baseless accusations," Kushner said. "It is time for Congress to complete its work, move on and to turn its attention to the real problems facing Americans every day."

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr's office declined to comment to Newsweek on Thursday. Vice Chairman Mark Warner did not respond to a request for comment.

Kushner testified before the committee for the first time in July 2017 about his contacts with Russians. The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he attended with Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr., and members of a Russian delegation, was a focal point of Mueller's investigation.

In December 2016, Kushner reportedly proposed starting a back channel for Trump's transition team to communicate with Russia on policy matters. That meeting also took place at Trump Tower, with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

That same month, apparently at the urging of Kislyak, Kushner had a meeting with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. In testimony before Congress, Kushner denied that meeting involved "any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind."

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, arrives on Capitol Hill to testify before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, on July 24, 2017. Kushner stated he hoped his “cooperation will help the country get the transparency it deserves.” ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the findings of the Mueller report as conveyed in Barr's summary, some experts believe Kushner and other Trump officials could still be indicted by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York or in the District of Columbia.

"While Mueller says he's not going to recommend the indictment of Donald Trump senior for a variety of reasons, his work has made it a lot easier for prosecutors of other members of his family to put together indictments," David Dorsen, a Watergate assistant chief counsel, told Newsweek earlier this week.