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Fact Check: Russian Interference Went Far Beyond 'Facebook Ads' Kushner Described


Added 04-24-19 05:06:03am EST - “President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said the investigations into Russian interference have been more damaging then the interference itself. But there was more to it than online ads.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Fact Check: Russian Interference Went Far Beyond 'Facebook Ads' Kushner Described”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Jared Kushner spoke about Russian election interference during the TIME 100 Summit 2019 in New York City. Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME hide caption

Jared Kushner spoke about Russian election interference during the TIME 100 Summit 2019 in New York City.

In a rare public appearance on Tuesday, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, said that the multiple investigations into Russian election interference have been more harmful to American democracy than the original interference itself.

"The whole thing is just a big distraction for the country," Kushner said at a Time Magazine event in New York City. "You look at what Russia did — buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent. And it's a terrible thing, but I think the investigation and all the speculation that's happened over the past two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy."

In describing Russia's efforts leading up to the 2016 election, Kushner emphasized what he called the relatively small amount of money Russian agents spent advertising on social media.

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