Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, made a rare public statement Monday following his meeting with Senate intelligence committee staffers, saying his answers and information he provided the committee show "all of my actions were proper" in the course of the campaign.
Need excuse to get out of meeting," Kushner wrote to his assistant in an email provided to the committees alongside the statement.
He quoted the emails in his statement but did not disclose them to the media.
On the "Fox News Sunday" show Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump was also trying to convey to the Russians that he was "not going to be distracted by all these issues at home that affect us domestically."Click through reactions to report that Trump gave classified info to Russian officials: Tillerson and Mc Master were present at the May 10 meeting where Trump discussed his firing of James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister and Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.
The New York Times, citing officials familiar with an internal White House summary of the meeting, reported that Trump referred to Comey as a "nut job" and said his removal would relieve "great pressure" coming from the agency's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Lavrov denied that the subject of Comey came up during the meeting, according to Interfax news agency.