President Trump is continuing to deny the CIA’s findings on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The CIA reportedly found with “high confidence” that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly involved in ordering Khashoggi’s killing. This is Trump being questioned by Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey on Thanksgiving Day.
Josh Dawsey: “But the CIA, Mr. President, concluded with confidence that MBS was responsible.”
President Donald Trump: “They didn’t conclude. No, no, Josh, they didn’t conclude. I’m sorry.”
Josh Dawsey: “So you’re saying they did not?”
President Donald Trump: “Josh. No, they didn’t conclude. They did not come to a conclusion. They have feelings certain ways, but they didn’t have the report.”
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have since rebutted the president’s claims. This is Congressmember Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, speaking with CNN on Sunday.
Rep. Adam Schiff: “I have been briefed by the CIA. And while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can say that I think the president is being dishonest with the American people.”
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, where he was murdered by Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the murder but continues to deny involvement of the Saudi royal family.