The London Daily Mail reported last month that a new whistleblower has come forward, and that he/she makes an astonishing claim: that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, White House adviser and friend of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, approved Saudi plans to arrest Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he arrived at the Saudi embassy, which we know resulted in the heinous murder of of Khashoggi.
Is this why Trump denied the Saudi prince’s involvement in the murder of Khashoggi in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? Did Trump know and approve the arrest of Khashoggi? Was he the linchpin between the Saudis’ anger at Khashoggi’s criticisms of the Saudi regime and his horrible murder and dismemberment? Or was he just covering up Kushner’s involvement?
Is this why we continue to have favorable diplomatic relations with the Saudi dictator? Was he told in advance that the United States would not retaliate against this murderous action? No one believes that the murder could have happened without the knowledge and permission of bin Salman, and yet this administration rocks along as if nothing had happened. Was the Saudis’ intent to arrest Khashoggi allowed by Trump because Khashoggi was a Washington Post journalist and the Post is persistently critical of Trump? It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility, knowing as we do that Trump’s retaliatory behavior is often out of all bounds.
According to Spectator magazine, this newest whistleblower reported that the call between Kushner and bin Salman was intercepted by Turkish authorities, and that the threat of making this call public was used to gain leverage over Trump, to force Trump to remove American troops from northern Syria. That would be why Trump did not consult the military or the Congress before taking such grievous action against our strongest ally in the region. If that is the case, Turkey and Russia and Saudi Arabia and any of their murderous allies have a continuing cudgel to force any action they desire from Trump.
Finally, Senate Republicans announced that they abhorred the betrayal of the Syrians and admonished Trump for his abuse of authority. But no one asked why Trump would do such a stupid thing. Everyone commenting on the deplorable action seems to be scratching their heads, wondering why he would give such leverage to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for no good reason and against American policy goals. Now, we wonder, is this why?
While the House is pursuing impeachment of Trump over the quid pro quo with Ukraine, others concerned with the shenanigans of this White House are receiving information from multiple unimpeachable sources. It remains to be seen how many Republican senators will continue to hang onto Trump’s coattails in light of so many incriminating and impeachable offenses being brought to light.
These allegations have been made to the Democratic-led House, and the House Intelligence Committee is investigating. The report also claims there are actually seven intelligence whistleblowers willing to give evidence to the impeachment investigation. Two are already known. With his whistleblower making four, three others may be waiting in the wings.
Martha Johnson is a resident of Elizabeth City.