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The President’s eldest son and former campaign chairman, Jared Kushner, has said he did not attend a June 2016 meeting between Russian officials and Trump Jr. The meeting was arranged by Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who claimed the meeting was part of a «Russian government campaign to help my father win the presidency.»
Kushner also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016, during which time he claimed that he did so to discuss the Magnitsky Act, a Russian law designed to punish Russia for human rights abuses and other crimes.
But Kushner, who has denied any wrongdoing, did not disclose the meeting at the time to the White House, and his lawyers said it was a routine exchange between the two men.
In a statement on Tuesday, Kushner’s lawyers wrote that the meeting «was a routine part of the President’s ongoing efforts to engage with foreign leaders about the important issues of the day.»
The meeting did not involve any discussion of the Magnitysky Act.
Kushner did not respond to a request for comment on his role in the meeting.
The White House has said that Trump Jr.’s account of the meeting is accurate and that the president himself has said Kushner told him the meeting did take place.
On Monday, the president’s lawyers issued a statement saying Kushner has always denied any collusion with Russia.
«Mr. Kushner’s statement to the press last week was false and completely false,» the statement said.
«He is not the person who is supposed to be leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
This false statement has been repeated by members of the press, including many reporters who do not know him or his family, who have attempted to defame him.»
In the statement, the White Street Group said Kushner has made clear that he is not willing to share any information with the Justice Department about his meeting with Veselnitzkys.
The company said it has «a policy of not commenting on matters that are in the public domain.»
The Trump campaign said the president did not know of the Veselnite claims and «did not know or care» about them.
Trump Jr., who is an active participant in the president�s transition team, has released emails in which he and his associates were told that Veselnitkaya and her team would be delivering a «press briefing» on the Magnityksy Act.
The Trump administration has called the meeting a «fishing expedition» and «staged event.»
On Monday morning, Kushner told NBC News that he would cooperate with the special counsel.
The president said at a rally in Ohio that he had been «caught in the middle» between Veselnikay and the Russians.
«We�re the one that lost everything.
We were caught in the mix, we had a little bit of a problem,» Trump said.