Turkish intelligence intercepted a phone call between President Donald Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in which Kushners gave Bin Salman the green light to kidnap Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed and dismembered, a new report alleges.
According to The Spectator, Turkish President Recep Erdogan then used the information to force President Trump to remove his troops from northern Syria, according to the Spectator.
The report claims that investigators on the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee are aware of these allegations and are planning to dig further into them while pursuing the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist who at one point was considered close to the ruling Saudi royal family but later became disillusioned by its powerful young prince.
In October 2018, Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort documents before he was to be married to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. He never emerged.
The Central Intelligence Agency and other Western governments believe that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing.
Kushner, who is a top White House aide whose portfolio includes diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, has defended the Saudi prince.
His ties with Bin Salman have come under scrutiny after it was learned that the two communicated through text messages on WhatsApp.
The Presidential Records Act prohibits senior White House officials from using non-official email or messaging accounts for government business.
Democrats in Congress have sent letters demanding that the White House provide documents about senior aides’ use of private email and text services.
The Trump administration has refused to condemn the Saudi prince despite its spy agencies saying he is responsible for Khashoggi’s death.