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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday asserted that the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been more damaging to U.S. politics than the interference efforts themselves, which he downplayed as "a couple of Facebook ads."
"Quite frankly the whole thing is just a big distraction for the country," Kushner said at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit.
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"And you look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to try sow dissent and do it, and it’s a terrible thing," he continued. "But I think the investigations and all the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads."
"If you look at the magnitude of what they did and what they accomplished, I think the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful to our country," he added.
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The interview marked Kushner's first public interview since the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report on his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference. The report did not establish that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
Mueller wrote that while Russia actively sought to help Trump win the 2016 election, campaign officials were either unaware of the efforts or not fully receptive to them.
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