Congressman: Kushner May Have Given Intel to Saudis Leading to Killing of Jamal Khashoggi
In a shocking discussion that U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro (D – TX) had with Poppy Harlow on CNN today, he claimed that there are reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner may have given U.S. intelligence to the Saudi crown prince Mohammaed bin Salman, which in turn may have led to the alleged murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
After Poppy Harlow brought up the fact that Republican Senator Bob Corker says that he’s being blocked by the Trump administration from seeing details concerning Khashoggi’s possible death, Castro gave a very surprising response:
“Let me get to the point that is most disturbing right now,” Castro replied. “The reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”
Harlow insisted CNN does not have reporting of these allegations, and wanted to make that clear to her viewers.
Castro then continued:
“But the long and short of it is that that needs to be investigated. The entire timeline of what happened, if any sharing of any American intelligence with the Saudis (took place) and how they may have used that intelligence, needs to be investigated.”
The report which Castro may be referring to is an article from this past April by DailyMail, in which it’s claimed that the “crown prince bragged that Jared Kushner gave him CIA intelligence about other Saudis saying ‘here are your enemies’ days before [a] ‘corruption crackdown’ which led to torture and death”.
If Kushner’s action had any effect whatsoever on the Saudis’ handling of Khashoggi, it should certainly be thoroughly investigated by Congress. If Democrats take back one or both houses of Congress in November, we will probably see a thorough congressional investigation take place. If not, it will be up to Republicans to investigate the matter, and the odds of a fair investigation may dwindle.