A Democratic Congressman has leveled an astonishing accusation at White House advisor and notable Saudi bootlicker Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.
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House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) appeared on CNN this morning to declare that “that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to [Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that.”
Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro: "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." pic.twitter.com/4z1xYmSrDn
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 19, 2018
Castro posited that perhaps the recently murdered and dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was on a list of disloyal Saudis that United States intelligence officials had assembled and that Kushner is believed to have shared with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during a surprise trip to Riyadh in 2017. If Kushner had shared the information without presidential authorization, he may have seriously violated federal law.
Salman bragged that to his cronies that “Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince,” reports the Intercept. Just one week after Kushner’s trip, Salman abruptly initiated an “anti-corruption purge” in which he arrested dozens of royal family members and even tortured some of them.
While Salman was certainly already well aware of who his internal enemies were, one can only wonder at what kind of information Jared allegedly passed along to him.
On top of the Trump family’s long business relationships with members of the Saudi royal family, Kushner is desperately seeking financing for his disastrous 666 Fifth Avenue real estate project, which he must find before an enormous mortgage payment comes due in February 2019.
After the Qataris refused to invest, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Kushner is putting his eggs in the Saudi basket, which is why Salman felt confident enough to boast that the White House aide was “in his pocket.”
Castro backtracked later in the day and tempered his allegations, merely demanding for an investigation into whether or not a U.S. intelligence was shared with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that might have led to the murder of Khashoggi — a very reasonable request.
To be clear, I did not intend to accuse @jaredkushner of orchestrating anything. Based on press reporting, I’m asking for Congress to open an investigation of whether any US Intelligence was shared with Saudi Arabia that led to political persecution or killing of #Khashoggi (1/7) https://t.co/31vUT7bEUc
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) October 19, 2018
The need for that investigation was made very clear by the way that the right-wing media machine, which has been busy slandering Khashoggi as a “Muslim Brotherhood” member and an Islamist who thus deserved his brutal killing, immediately launched into a weapons-grade pearl-clutching tantrum about Castro’s remarks:
.@JoaquinCastrotx’s allegation is an outrageous slanderous lie without a shred of proof, it’s reprehensible for a sitting Congressman and supposed “news” outlets to continue citing an article that used unnamed sources and was completely debunked.https://t.co/xf2Zhitg8B
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
And I accuse Castro of eating baby elephants based on _______ https://t.co/igThtZmRab
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 19, 2018
Accusing, without evidence, the Orthodox Jew in the US gov't of running an international assassin ring to kill off Israel's Muslim critics is a great way for Joaquin Castro to remind us that there's a lot you can get away with if you make sure to register as a Democrat.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) October 19, 2018
This has to be among the most irresponsible accusations ever leveled without a whit of evidence for it, one obviously reflecting full-blown TDS. https://t.co/9hrXhIYFuF
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 19, 2018
It’s not unreasonable to want to know what went on in that meeting between Jared and bin Salman, and since the Trump administration is going out of its way to avoid condemning the Saudis for their appalling actions, Congress should take action immediately to get to the bottom of this.