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Kushner: No secret Russian ‘back channels’ and nothing to see here

So taxpayers will be footing the bill — again — for this latest episode of the never-ending Trump witch hunt

(National SentinelWest Wing: President Donald J. Trump’s advisor-son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has released a statement ahead of two days’ worth of scheduled closed-door meetings with Congress that there was no “collusion” between him and any Russian officials.

Talk about letting the air out of the tire before taking the trip.

As reported by Reuters, the statement noted: “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.”

Kushner will face the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and its House counterpart on Tuesday.

Reuters further noted that Trump “has been dogged by allegations that his campaign aides worked with Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies have accused of interfering in the election,” but let’s be serious; the disgustingly dishonest establishment media has been fueling this narrative for months now, and without any substantial evidence to support it.

So yes, “dogged” is the correct assessment, but not by facts — by media-generated speculation and fake news.

One thing that stands out from Kushner’s statement, as Reuters reports:

Members of both committees say they are eager to hear about the June 2016 meeting involving Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort were also at the meeting.

Kushner described it as a waste of time.

I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.‘”

He said no part of the meeting he attended “included anything about the campaign” and he had no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted.

And this:

Kushner will also face questions about reports he tried to set up a secret back channel to Moscow, as well as other contacts with top Russian officials and business leaders.

Kushner said he first met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Washington in April 2016 and shook hands. He said he did not recall phone calls with Kislyak between April and November of that year as reported Reuters in May, had found no evidence of the calls in phone records and was skeptical they took place.

In a meeting with Kislyak after the election, on Dec. 1, Kushner said he articulated a desire for the United States to make a fresh start with Russia.

The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day,” he said. [Duh, right?]

He said the Russian ambassador asked if there was a secure line in Trump’s transition office to facilitate a discussion with Russian generals about Syria. There was not.

Kushner suggested arranging something through an existing communications channel at the Russian embassy, but Kislyak indicated that was not possible and they agreed to follow up after the inauguration.

“Nothing else occurred. I did not suggest a ‘secret back channel.’ I did not suggest an ongoing secret form of communication for then or for when the administration took office,” Kushner said. “I did not raise the possibility of using the embassy or any other Russian facility for any purpose other than this one possible conversation in the transition period. We did not discuss sanctions.”

So taxpayers will be footing the bill — again — for this latest episode of the never-ending and (outside of Democrat circles) poorly-rated series, “The Trump Witch Hunt” — all while the GOP-controlled Congress ought to be focused on what they were elected to do: Get rid of Obamacare, roll back corporate and individual tax rates, build Trump’s border wall and start upgrading U.S. infrastructure.

What will the #nevertrump Washington establishment and their media think of next to harangue and discredit this duly-elected president?

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