(CD) — As a brand new flurry of proof from the Turkish authorities established direct ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and those that allegedly carried out the ugly homicide of Washington Publish journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. President Donald Trump continued “groveling” on the ft of the murderous kingdom Tuesday night time by claiming that the Saudis have been deemed “responsible till confirmed harmless” identical to newly confirmed Supreme Court docket Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was credibly accused of sexual assault.
“I feel we’ve got to seek out out what occurred first,” Trump instructed the Related Press in an interview simply hours after Al Jazeera reported extra “surprising” particulars of Khashoggi’s torture and assassination inside Saudi Arabia’s Turkish embassy. “Right here we go once more with, you realize, you’re responsible till confirmed harmless. I don’t like that. We simply went via that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was harmless all the best way so far as I’m involved.”
Fully ignoring the quickly rising physique of proof implicating the Saudis in Khashoggi’s homicide, Trump went on to say that King Salaman “simply sounded to me like he felt like he didn’t do it.”
“I spoke to the crown prince, so you’ve that. He mentioned he and his father knew nothing about it. And that was essential,” Trump continued. “And I spoke to him with [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo there. And the crown prince. I spoke to the king yesterday, the crown prince, immediately desirous to know what was happening, what was occurring, and he mentioned very strongly that he and his father knew nothing about it.”
Responding to Trump’s invocation of the “Kavanaugh defense” on behalf of the Saudi regime—which got here shortly after the president dutifully echoed the kingdom’s denials on Twitter—Jeet Heer of the New Republic quipped that “Trump is true in considering that Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammed bin Salman are doubtless equally harmless.”
Trump is true in considering that Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammed bin Salman are doubtless equally harmless. https://t.co/qDsCtqcG7r
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 16, 2018
If I had been Brett Kavanaugh I am undecided how I might really feel about becoming a member of the Saudi royal household on Trump’s checklist of the “wrongly accused”
— Tim Wu (@superwuster) October 17, 2018
Regardless of Trump’s finest efforts to run interference for the Saudis, proof immediately implicating the dominion’s management within the torture and killing of Khashoggi two weeks in the past in Istanbul continued to emerge Tuesday night time, when the New York Times“confirmed independently that a minimum of 9 of 15 suspects recognized by Turkish authorities labored for the Saudi safety companies, army or different authorities ministries.”
“One of many suspects recognized by Turkey within the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—seen disembarking from airplanes with him in Paris and Madrid and photographed standing guard throughout his visits this yr to Houston, Boston, and the United Nations,” the Instances reported. “Three others are linked by witnesses and different data to the Saudi crown prince’s safety element.”
In its report, the Instances revealed pictures of diplomat Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb and others allegedly concerned in Khashoggi’s homicide.
MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow featured the images from the Instances report in a phase Tuesday night time:
— Maddow Weblog (@MaddowBlog) October 17, 2018
“There may be not a doubt in my thoughts that U.S. intelligence is aware of precisely what the Saudis did to Jamal Khashoggi,” Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione wrote on Twitter in response to the Instances report. “Trump is overlaying for MbS, mendacity persistently and repeatedly about his involvement. Pompeo’s smile-filled conferences are a shame.”