White House adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner told a group of congressional interns Monday that he was uncertain if it would be possible to find a solution for peace in the Middle East.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kushner had no answer for a plan when an intern asked him at an “off-the-record event” how he intends to negotiate a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
“What do we offer that’s unique? I don’t know,” Kushner responded, in an attempt to answer the question. “I’m sure everyone that’s tried this has been unique in some ways, but, again, we’re trying to follow very logically. We’re thinking about what the right end state is, and we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution.
“And there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on. So, we’re going to focus on it and try to come to the right conclusion in the near future,” he continued.
Interns were warned at the meeting not to leak a word of it, as it was to be fully “off the record,” but in spite of that warning, an intern did, in fact, leak out an audio recording, which included Kushner commenting on the Russian collusion theory. In the recording, he claimed that the campaign team “was too disorganized and dysfunctional” to commit such an act anyway.
At the meeting, Katie Patru, deputy staff director for Member Services, Outreach, and Communications, had firmly warned the interns not to leak anything, the Washington Examiner reported.
“To record today’s session would be such a breach of trust, from my opinion. This town is full of leakers and everyone knows who they are, and no one trusts them,” Patru said.
“In this business, your reputation is everything. I’ve been on the Hill for 15 years. I’ve sat in countless meetings with members of Congress where important decisions were being made. During all those years in all those meetings, I never once leaked to a reporter. … If someone in your office has asked you to break our protocol and give you a recording so they can leak it, as a manager, that bothers me at my core.”
Nonetheless, an intern leaked the entire audio to Wired, who has now made it available to the public.
Last week, Kushner provided an 11-page statement for an interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee. In the statement, Kushner confirmed that he had four contacts with Russians during his father-in-law’s presidential campaign or after the election, but he described those encounters as unmemorable.
And within the statement, Kushner emphasized on how he was not involved in any form of collusion:
“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.”
The leaked audio from the session with the interns can be listened to below:
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