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Son-in-law of Trump denies any collusion with Russia

By Mary Clare Jalonick

One of the most trusted and valued advisers of US President Donald Trump emerged from more than two hours of questioning by Senate investigators to insist he had not colluded with Russia and knew of no one in the White House who had.

Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law and the latest senior member of his team to become caught up in the controversy over alleged links to Moscow, spent the morning behind closed doors answering questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Before appearing Mr Kushner issued an 11-page statement in which he denied having colluded with Russia to try and influence the 2016 election.

He also defended four meetings he held with Russian officials, including one with a Kremlin-linked lawyer that he attended with Mr Trump's eldest son and campaign manager in order to try and obtain incriminating material on presidential challenger Hillary Clinton.

When he left Capitol Hill Mr Kushner ignored questions from reporters.

But 45 minutes later he appeared outside the White House to read brief remarks on which the media immediately leapt.

"Since the first questions were raised in March I have been consistent in saying I was eager to share any information I had with the investigating bodies, and I've done so today," he said.

"The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign."

There are few people within the President's inner circle trusted more than Mr Kushner, whose background is also in real estate rather than politics.

Married to Mr Trump's elder daughter Ivanka, Mr Kushner emerged as an increasingly important person during Mr Trump's campaign for the presidency.

After the tycoon's victory Mr Kushner was persuaded to stay on and take a job in the White House, where he was obliged to become a federal employee to get around anti-nepotism rules.

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