Soon after Donald Trump was elected President, Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince developed a close relationship with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a relationship Jared Kushner promptly appears to have used to solicit funding for Kushner’s business, and appears to have used to get Saudi Arabia to pressure Qatar with a blockade so that Qatar would bail out Kushner’s family real estate business. This Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in turn looks to have to have used Kushner to solicit U.S. intelligence information so he could turn on internal enemies, and get a deal signed to buy weapons from the United States.
The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.
The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate, where he had gone to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.
Among the intelligence assembled by the CIA is an audio recording from a listening device that the Turks placed inside the Saudi Consulate, according to the people familiar with the matter. The Turks gave the CIA a copy of that audio, and the agency’s director, Gina Haspel, has listened to it.
The audio shows that Khashoggi was killed within moments of entering the consulate, according to officials in multiple countries who have listened to it or been briefed on its contents. Khashoggi died in the office of the Saudi consul general, who can be heard expressing his displeasure that Khashoggi’s body now needed to be disposed of and the facility cleaned of any evidence, according to people familiar with the audio recording.
This Saudi Crown Prince has also been orchestrating a horrific war against Yemen, using weapons purchased from the United States, to bomb buses full of children:
The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.
Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.
The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The Saudi coalition blamed “incorrect information” for that strike, admitted it was a mistake and took responsibility.
And create a catastrophic humanitarian crisis:
The World Food Programme (WFP) has said there “very well could be” famine in remote areas of Yemen where the UN’s food agency does not have access, painting a bleak picture of the hunger crisis gripping the country.
“Yemen is a disaster and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel right now,” WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley told reporters at a closed briefing during the UN General Assembly in New York City on Thursday.
The WFP has warned that Yemen is on the brink of a full-blown famine, with 18 million of its 29 million population food insecure, 8.4 million severely so.
The United States Senate managed to overcome the objections of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up two votes, one to condemn the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and one to stop U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s horrific war against Yemen.
All Democratic Senators supported each of these votes and voted to both condemn the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and to stop U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s horrific war against Yemen.
On the Republican side of the aisle, the votes were mixed. Every Republican Senator voted with the Democrats to condemn the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi:
The unanimous vote to hold Mohammed responsible for Khashoggi’s killing reflects the extent to which senators in both parties have grown tired of Trump’s continued defense of Mohammed’s denials. It also puts significant pressure on leaders in the House — where the president’s Saudi policy is far more divisive — to allow for a similar vote to condemn the crown prince before the end of the year.
However, 41 Republican Senators voted against stopping U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s horrific war against Yemen:
Senators voted 56 to 41 on Thursday to support the Yemen resolution, put forward by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), after seven Republicans joined all Senate Democrats to back the measure.
So, all Republican Senators think killing a journalist is an action to be condemned. Thank god for that. But 41 of those Republican Senators also apparently believe the United States should help a journalist murderer fight a war the United States public does not support at all. Remember when Republicans claimed to be the “moral majority”?
A list of those 41 Republican Senators is below: