I saw this story pop up around midnight that, if verified by other sources – including the new whistleblowers they’re reporting on – would explain Trump’s sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria and puts a target squarely on Jared Kushner’s back for providing the opening to Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October of last year.
It would also expose a U.S. president as having been blackmailed by another head of state into abandoning our Syrian Kurdish allies to protect his son-in-law.
The UK’s Daily Mail released this story at midnight based on an article that was published late last night in the Spectator, a 190 year old conservative British weekly magazine whose focus is politics and current events, published by the owners of the UK’s The Daily Telegraph.
The Spectator has a paywall, but you may be able to read the full article once.
I hope it isn’t true.
And I say that because I hate the thought that a U.S. president’s closest advisor, a U.S. citizen and WH employee, gave the green light to a WP reporter’s (Khashoggi’s) arrest, which led to his brutal murder.
If it is true, I hope Kushner spends the rest of his days in SuperMax at Florence, CO pondering the death and misery he caused because of arrogance and hubris.
Jared Kushner gave permission to Saudi ruler Mohammad bin Salman to arrest Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed and dismembered, a whistleblower claims.
You may recall that Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, a staunch human rights activist and once friend-turned critic of the ruling Saudi royal family, was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2018.
The Central Intelligence Agency and other Western governments believe that Saudi Crown Prince and friend of Jared Kushner, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), ordered Khashoggi’s killing.
The report also mentions that there are 4 NEW whistleblowers, including a new WB who reported Kushner’s phone call:
The report claims that investigators on the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee are aware of these allegations and are planning to dig further into them while pursuing the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
It also claims that the number of intelligence whistleblowers who are willing to give evidence to the impeachment committee is seven.
The three already known are the original anonymous CIA officer, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Tim Morrison, the NSC’s director for European and Russian Affairs.
The Khashoggi whistleblower takes that tally up to four, meaning there are three others waiting in the wings.
If Jared Kushner indeed gave the ‘okay’ for the Saudis to arrest Khashoggi, he has blood on his hands. And that intercepted phone call between Kushner and MBS eventually led to Trump being blackmailed by Turkey into removing U.S. forces from Syria, ceding Syria to Russia, and putting our Kurdish allies in peril.
If this story has legs, the open House Intelligence Committee hearings could turn out to contain the most explosive charges ever leveled against a sitting president and his family, or a government official in any capacity, when you consider the aftershocks Kushner and then Trump’s phone call with Erdogan set in motion.
Again, I hope this story isn’t true. If it is, it’s horrifying. We’ll see if anything follows over the next couple of weeks.
REMINDER: The linked Daily Mail story based on an article published late last night in the 190 year old British ‘Spectator’ magazine. Read with caution – no other major paper has picked this up yet.