Jared Kushner, the U.S. President's son-in-law, admitted to a senate committee that he hold a business meeting before the election with a group of Russians but insisted that it had nothing to do with rubbishing Hillary Clinton, currying favour with the Moscow government to get his step-dad Donald elected or anything to do with politics.
"I had watched the British TV adverts by Comparethemarket.com, realised what good deals they were offering to home owners like me for insurance and decided to meet with three of their sales team." He paused, then added, uncomfortably: "I didn't know they were Russians. I thought they were meerkats."
The explanation has met with hoots of derision from Democrats on the senate committee, who reminded Kushner that the Meerkats aren't real, to which he replied:
"That's typical Democrat nonsense. Next you'll be saying that Santa Claus and the Grinch aren't real. Fake news."
Meanwhile, Russian President Putin's spokesman announced that Russia will be entering the insurance market. He said, "The target market will be Western politicians who want to insure against losing an election. Russians are very good at helping in that area".