In an 11-page statement released before his closed-door Senate appearance, Kushner essentially argued that he could not have been involved in underhand relations with the Russian government because he was so poorly versed in Russian affairs. Over the 3,700 words of the statement, he mentions that he could not remember the name of the Russian ambassador to Washington not once, but three times.
“I could not even remember the name of the Russian ambassador,” he writes. He added that he had “limited knowledge about” Sergey Kislyak, who stepped down as ambassador on Saturday, even after Trump had won the presidential election on 8 November 2016 and was headed for the White House.
In the wake of that election victory, Kushner was instructed by his father-in-law to be the main contact point between the Trump transition team and foreign government officials. Kushner says in his statement that between election day and the inauguration on 20 January 2017, “I recall having over 50 contacts with people from over 15 countries”.