As the world watches and waits for answers on how a Saudi journalist was murdered in a Saudi consulate in Turkey, a Democrat Congressman is pushing forward with a terribly wild conspiracy which pits Jared Kushner as the culprit.
Without citing evidence, Congressman Joaquin Castro said Kushner may have orchestrated or at least had a role in the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The conspiracy was unfolded during an interview with CNN where Castro accuses Kushner of giving the Saudi government a “hit list” which included Khashoggi.
“Let me get to the point where I think is most disturbing right now: the reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemy’s list, to the crown prince, to MBS (referring to Mohammad Bin Salman) in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that. And, one of the people he took action against was Mr. Khashoggi.”
What the what?
CNN host Poppy Harlow immediately cut the congressman off and clarified, “I just want to be clear for our viewers, we do not have that reporting. I’m not sure where you are getting that from.”
“But, there has been reporting to that effect,” the Democrat continued. “I’ve seen reporting to that effect,” he added before agreeing with the host that CNN has not reported it.
“The long and short of it is that needs to be investigated, this entire timeline of what happened and any sharing of American intelligence with the Saudis and how they may have used that intelligence needs to be investigated by the intelligence committee in the House and in the Senate.”
While Castro is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he offered no further proof or evidence that Kushner was at all responsible for the death of the Saudi journalist.
Video: Here’s the video of Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro stating without evidence that Kushner may have given the Saudis a hit list that had Khashoggi’s name on it and thus the Saudis had him killed. Incredibly irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/9mossq4Cdt
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 19, 2018
Some people online were quick to express skepticism in the conspiracy:
.@JoaquinCastrotx’s allegation is an outrageous slanderous lie without a shred of proof, it’s reprehensible for a sitting Congressman and supposed “news” outlets to continue citing an article that used unnamed sources and was completely debunked.https://t.co/xf2Zhitg8B
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
these people actually believe their own lies……. but we don’t
— gertmcfly (@gertmcfly) October 20, 2018
Wow… just wow. pic.twitter.com/8ljeBBbiLi
— CorvetteFan (@fan_corvette) October 19, 2018
Heck of a claim to make with absolutely no substance, reason or evidence. This is why we have the media.
— Krissy Morrison (@ItsKrissy) October 19, 2018
Making up stories to further your agenda should be punished with expulsion from Congress.
— Bo Bowidowicz (@BoBowidowicz) October 20, 2018
— BeckyMontague (@montague1055) October 20, 2018
I have to give credit to the interviewer here. This is slanderous and I can’t believe he would stoop… never mind, of course I can. They never learn.
— Herk Driver, Overhead Keg Press Champion (@G130J) October 20, 2018
I just can not believe the irresponsibility of some these politicians. It is just not appropriate to be firing off statements like this. This is a matter that needs to be handled calmly, one step at a time!
— BeingRichisBetter (@BeingRichis) October 19, 2018
Bring forth your proof Senator.
— KathyBaughman🇺🇸 (@KathyBaughman10) October 20, 2018
“A hit list” ……? Are they crazy?
— Ben Denison (@RAB88) October 20, 2018
As the Hill reports, Castro later walked back the comment and said he did not intend to say Kushner was behind the physical attack:
Castro later clarified his comments, tweeting that he did not intend to accuse Kushner of orchestrating the killing and noting he meant to express that he wants Congress to open an investigation into whether U.S. intelligence was shared with Saudi Arabia that may have led to Khashoggi’s death.
Castro said on social media: “To be clear, I did not intend to accuse @jaredkushner of orchestrating anything,” Castro tweeted. “Based on press reporting, I’m asking for Congress to open an investigation of whether any US Intelligence was shared with Saudi Arabia that led to political persecution or killing of #Khashoggi.”
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
To be clear, I did not intend to accuse @jaredkushner of orchestrating anything. Based on press reporting, I’m asking for Congress to open an investigation of whether any US Intelligence was shared with Saudi Arabia that led to political persecution or killing of #Khashoggi (1/7) https://t.co/31vUT7bEUc
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) October 19, 2018