British conservative weekly the Spectator has disclosed rumours that the close relationship between the U.S. president’s son-in-law and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman led to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and later to Turkey’s October 2019 offensive in northeast Syria.
Jared Kushner, who is married to U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, shared confidential information with Prince Mohammed, known in the West as MBS, to the extent that his intelligence clearances were temporarily suspended, the Spectator’s Washington gossip blog Cockburn quoted a source as saying.
The president’s son-in-law and his wife have served the Trump administration in an official capacity, but “information Kushner had requested from the CIA would (allegedly) be echoed back in U.S. intercepts of calls between members of the Saudi royal family,” Cockburn said.
Another source quoted by Cockburn said Kushner had given Prince Mohammed approval to arrest Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist who criticised the crown prince in his Washington Post column.
Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered in October 2018 by a team of Saudi agents after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain the documents required to marry his Turkish fiancée.
The details of Khashoggi’s killing were revealed gradually by Turkish government-linked media outlets, which received recordings taken inside the Saudi consulate from Turkish intelligence.
The extent of the information uncovered in the wire taps may have gone even further than this, according to Cockburn, which said a recording of Kushner had provided Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with leverage over Trump that allowed him to launch a military operation against Kurdish-led forces that had partnered the United States in Syria.
Cockburn’s “source claims that Turkish intelligence obtained an intercept of the call between Kushner and MBS. And President Erdoğan used it to get Trump to roll over and pull American troops out of northern Syria before the Turks invaded,” the blog said.
“Cockburn hears that investigators for the House Intelligence Committee know this whole tale and the identities of some of the people telling it,” it said, referring to the ongoing impeachment enquiry over whether Trump has abused his powers as president.