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WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face a second round of questions about Russia's role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The president’s son-in-law and White House adviser answered questions from the House Intelligence Committee for more than three hours. The meeting comes one day after interviewing with with a Senate panel also investigating Russia’s rolein the 2016 election.
“[Kushner] expressed, and his counsel, receptivity to coming back for further questions, but it was a very productive session,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the highest ranking Democrat on the panel, told reporters after the meeting. “We had an opportunity to ask about the range of issues that the committee’s been concerned about.”
Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, who is leading the House investigation, said Kushner was “straightforward, forthcoming, wanted to answer every question that we had, and was willing to follow up on any questions.”
Kushner did not answer questions after leaving the secure room on Capitol Hill where the briefing took place. But he steadfastly denied any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in statement to reporters Monday following his more than two hour meeting with congressional investigators.
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"Let me be very clear. I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," Kushner said.
Kushner, husband to Ivanka Trump, said he met with Russian officials four times during and after the campaign, but maintained nothing about the discussions was improper.
One of those meetings was the June 2016 gathering with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Donald Trump Jr. invited Kushner and then campaign chair Paul Manafort to the meeting after being told the lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Kushner called the meeting a "waste of time" and left before its conclusion.
The president took to Twitter Tuesday morning to defend Kushner.
Kushner is not the only member of Trump's inner circle to head to Capitol Hill. The Senate Intelligence Committee spoke to Manafort Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the former Trump campaign head said. And the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to speak with both Manafort and Trump Jr., even issuing a subpoena for Manafort to compel him to testify in a public hearing this week, citing his unwillingness to comply with the panel's requests.