Spectator UK: Kushner greenlighted arrest of Jamal Khashoggi in call to MBS
This is big:
Cockburn’s source says that at least one is nothing to do with Ukraine but instead was reporting a call between Trump and the Saudi ruler, Mohammed bin Salman. Specifically, the whistleblower is said to have ‘concerns’ about what was said on the call about the president’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. Kushner himself is known to have a very close relationship with MBS. Cockburn has previously written that Kushner may have been what Cosmo would call an ‘oversharer’ when it came to MBS. Unfortunately, it’s claimed that what he was sharing was American secrets: information Kushner had requested from the CIA would (allegedly) be echoed back in US intercepts of calls between members of the Saudi royal family. One source said this was why Kushner lost his intelligence clearances for a while.
According to Cockburn’s source about the seven whistleblowers, there’s more. It is that Kushner (allegedly) gave the green light to MBS to arrest the dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was later murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A second source tells Cockburn that this is true and adds a crucial twist to the story. This source claims that Turkish intelligence obtained an intercept of the call between Kushner and MBS. And President Erdogan used it to get Trump to roll over and pull American troops out of northern Syria before the Turks invaded. Cockburn hears that investigators for the House Intelligence Committee know this whole tale and the identities of some of the people telling it. Whether any of is true is another matter but Adam Schiff certainly seems to be smiling a lot these days.
The above is from a pseudonymous journo who reports DC inside baseball for Spectator under the moniker “Cockburn” (apparently not Alexander or Andrew, but an ironic homage to Admiral Sir George Cockburn, the British officer who set fire to the Capitol and the White House in the War of 1812) This could well explain why former reality show host Donald Trump has been freaking out so conspicuously. It is a safe bet that reliable US media outlets are chasing this story; the UK’s tabloid Daily Mail, usually prone to support Trump, has already picked up the story.
Some of the most popular truth-tellers on social media are taking the report seriously enough to chime in.
This report from the Daily Mail says:
– Jared Kushner gave MBS permission to arrest Khashoggi
– Turkey intercepted the call and used it to force Trump out of Syria
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) November 4, 2019
Last month, I argued strongly there needs to be a probe of what the president – and Jared Kushner – know about Khashoggi murder and when they knew it. That said, I wouldn’t go crazy over a thinly sourced story by a pseudonymous author on this topic https://t.co/MckwgCUgsL
— Will Bunch 🆘 (@Will_Bunch) November 4, 2019
Jared Kushner ‘greenlit’ arrest of Jamal Khashoggi in phone call with Saudi Prince https://t.co/KsKPLFolTv
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) November 4, 2019
Donald J. Trump, a man evidently capable of making a single sound decision, is clearly too disturbed by whatever has developed to govern, and needs to be removed from power (along with all of his incompetent toadies, including Mike Pence) as soon as possible.