Kushner Kept Texting MbS After Khashoggi Death

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was reportedly the target of a Saudi campaign to establish influence in President Donald Trump's administration and kept in regular, informal contact with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while publicly defending him against murder charges.

Earlier, the United Nations Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet had pushed for an global inquiry to ascertain who is responsible for Khashoggi's killing.

"It's his government. His government did this, and so he technically is responsible", she noted.

Hollywood actor and activist Sean Penn is filming a documentary on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkish media, as sustained outrage over the killing threatens US ties with its chief Gulf ally.

Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, was singled out by Saudi officials seeking to take advantage of the incoming administration's lack of political experience and ambitions for the Middle East, according to The New York Times, which cited senior officials Saturday as well as documents, emails and text messages.

Several Senators, after a briefing with Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel on December 4, stated that they were convinced of MBS' role in Khashoggi's death. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that there is "zero chance" that MBS is not involved in the killing, after the briefing.

Saudi Arabia has continuously denied reports of MBS' involvement in Khashoggi's killing, reinforcing that they are taking judicial measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Several world leaders, including British Prime Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, met MBS on the sidelines of the recently held G-20 summit in Argentina and pushed for transparent investigations into the journalist's death which has gripped the world.

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