Kushner Crafts a Careful, Canny Defense: His Annotated Testimony

This article first appeared on the Just Security site.

The statement of Jared Kushner, released Monday by his lawyers, is a very carefully crafted document that undoubtedly was meticulously written, edited, and/or reviewed by his attorneys.  

Once again Kushner, out of all of the individuals that are subjects of the Russia investigation, appears to have the best legal strategy.  

Until now, he has not made public comment–releasing only carefully worded statements via his attorney–and this statement is itself a fine piece of legal draftsmanship.

That said, because the document was written by sophisticated lawyers, the words that the statement uses reveal some details of his lawyers’ strategy and thought process.  

The comments in italics in the markup below are meant to give you a sense of what I saw when I carefully read the document. I suspect that Mueller’s team had similar observations.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner listen as Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC. TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty

STATEMENT OF JARED C. KUSHNER TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES

July 24, 2017

I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order to shed light on issues that have been raised about my role in the Trump for President Campaign and during the transition period.

I am not a person who has sought the spotlight. First in my business and now in public service, I have worked on achieving goals, and have left it to others to work on media and public perception. Because there has been a great deal of conjecture, speculation, and inaccurate information about me, I am grateful for the opportunity to set the record straight.

My Role in the Trump for President Campaign

Before joining the administration, I worked in the private sector, building and…

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