President Trump praised his son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday morning and suggested his 11-year-old son Barron may be the next target of the "Witch Hunt."
Trump tweeted that Kushner proved "he did not collude with the Russians" after Kushner met with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and gave remarks at the White House. Trump then suggested Barron was "next up."
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Monday denied that he colluded with Russia during President Trump's 2016 election campaign.
"Let me be very clear," he said during a press conference at the White House. "I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in he campaign who did so."
"I had no improper contacts," Kushner added. "I have no relied on Russian funds for my businesses. The records and documents I have voluntarily provided will show all of my actions were proper and occurred during the normal course of events during a very unique campaign."
Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, added the president defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton without any direct or indirect Russian interference in their contest.
"Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign and that's why he won," he said. "Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him."
"I look forward to taking questions from the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow," Kushner added after his Monday meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Jared Kushner spoke briefly at the White House after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Jared Kushner has left his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee. He's expected to speak at the White House shortly.
Jared Kushner left his home carrying a folder on Monday ahead of his scheduled testimony.
Jared Kushner said he received a "random email" during the 2016 presidential race from someone who threatened to release President Trump's tax returns and demanded ransom to keep the information secret.
Kushner said he interpreted the email as a hoax, and that he showed it to a Secret Service agent, who instructed him to ignore it.
The email, sent by "Guccifer400," allegedly demanded payment in bitcoin, an online currency. He said "Guccifer400" never contacted him again after the initial message.
Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, said in a statement Monday to the Senate and House intelligence committees that he had no additional contacts with individuals affiliated with the Russian government beyond the meetings that have already been publicly disclosed.
"With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any," Kushner said in the statement. "I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government."
Kushner addressed the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year at Trump Tower. Kushner said that the two talked about "a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children" and reported that he tried to leave the meeting.
"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,'"Kushner said.
Kushner was among eight people who were at the meeting last year. Kushner reportedly gave the email to his assistant to the Senate but did not disclose in the statement whether Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer talked about campaign matters.
Donald Trump Jr. has come under fire since he publicly released emails on Twitter that confirmed the meeting with Veselnitskaya last year. In the email chain, Trump Jr. is told by publicist Rob Goldstone that the attorney had damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
"I had no improper contacts," Kushner said in his statement. "I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest."
Trump's son-in-law is expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session today as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
This will mark the first time Kushner offers his first testimony of what happened during his meetings with Russian individuals during the 2016 campaign election season.