President Donald Trump lauded his son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, repeating his assertion that the multiple ongoing Russia probes are a "witch hunt" and joked that ruthless investigators might next ask to speak with his 11-year-old son.
“Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!” the president wrote online Tuesday morning.
Kushner, who offered testimony Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session, is scheduled to do the same Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Both committees are conducting their own investigations into Russian efforts to interfere in last year’s presidential election as well as into allegations that individuals with ties to Trump or his campaign colluded in those efforts.
In pre-submitted testimony to the Senate committee, Kushner said he had not colluded with any foreign government during last year’s campaign nor was he aware of anyone else connected to the campaign who had done so.
Trump has regularly derided those investigations, as well as the one overseen by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, as a “witch hunt” pushed by Democrats eager for an excuse to explain away their poor performance in last year’s presidential election.
Kushner is one of three Trump campaign officials, along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., who met last summer with a Russian lawyer who Trump Jr. had been promised was in possession of damaging information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. said he did not glean any useful information from the meeting.
Both Trump Jr. and Manafort are scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee on a panel regarding foreign influence in elections.