This week has been a tough one for President Trump as he has rebuked his own CIA, in order to back Saudi Arabia and refuse to implicate Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Early this morning the Turkish newspaper, Harriet Daily News, reported that the Central Intelligence Agency here in the United States “is in possession of a phone call recording of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in which he is heard giving an instruction to ‘silence’ Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible.”
The journalist who wrote the story, Abdulkadir Selvi, was reportedly in contact with multiple Turkish Intelligence officials, who claimed that the CIA had wiretapped Bin Salman’s phone call with his brother, Khaled bin Salman, along with multiple other phone calls around the time of Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder. Khaled bin Salman also happens to be the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Selvi has referred to the recording as a “smoking gun” which directly implicates Bin Salman.
According to Turkish sources, the CIA also has a recording where two Saudi officials are overheard talking about the “discomfort” that Khashoggi’s public criticism of the kingdom has presented to those at the top of the Saudi administration.
It is believed that Turkey may be slowly leaking these details to the press in order to force President Trump’s hand and loosen the ties between the US government and the Saudi Kingdom. If these Turkish reports are accurate and the CIA actually does have recordings that appear to directly implicate Bin Salman in Khashoggi’s murder, then even more pressure will likely be placed on President Trump’s shoulders as the American public reacts.