Trump after Secret Deal with Bin Salman to Stop Investigations into Khashoggi’s Death

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Ray al-Youm newspaper, noted to US President Donald Trump’s attempts to downplay impacts of the assassination of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Riyadh on Washington’s ties with the country, and said he is after a secret deal with Crown Prince bin Salman to stop investigations into the crime.

Trump has said US investigators are looking into how Jamal Khashoggi vanished at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but made clear that whatever the outcome, the US would not forgo lucrative arms deals with Riyadh, Atwan wrote on Friday.

“We’re being very tough. And we have investigators over there and we’re working with Turkey, and frankly we’re working with Saudi Arabia. We want to find out what happened,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday morning.

Atwan said that Trump’s remarks came as Turkey later dismissed claims of joint investigation into the case by the US investigators.

The president’s announcement raised concerns of a cover-up of evidence implicating Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in plans to silence the dissident journalist, he added.

According to Atwan, the most important part of the issue is that Trump’s administration is now in a bottleneck and does not want to take any action against Saudi Arabia.

He added that the important point in Trump’s remarks is that he is making strenuous attempts to make a deal on the mutilated corpse of Khashoggi and not to resolve the mystery, noting that an active contact channel has been established between bin Salman and three US officials, including US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Trump’s son-in-law Jerad Kushner and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Atwan said that a secret contact channel has also been set up between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, adding that the Turkish government is not after confrontation against Riyadh in Khashoggi’s case and the Turkish media’s approach to the issue shows that unlike the US media, they have grown calmer over the case in the past two days.

Khashoggi has been missing since October 2 when he entered the consulate to obtain paperwork so he could remarry, and has not been seen since.

Since Saturday, Turkish officials have maintained that he was assassinated inside the building, but have not provided evidence or spoken on the record. Meanwhile, Saudi officials have stressed that the 59-year-old left the consulate soon after he arrived and were concerned about his whereabouts.

Turkish investigators heard testimony from a source who was inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the time of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance who claims to have heard sounds of a struggle, according to a report.


“I have learned earlier that, among the evidence with the investigation is testimony from inside the consulate at the time that Jamal (Khashoggi) was there, which includes hearing sounds of loud screams and shouting, as well as calls for help and the sound of a struggle and then sudden silence,” Al-Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal said.

Turkish foreign ministry sources denied to Al-Jazeera that Saudis rescinded their authorization for Turkish authorities to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The foreign ministry’s remarks came after some media outlets claimed that Saudi Arabia cancelled an offer to allow Turkish authorities onto the premises after Turkish state-owned media published a list of the 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi disappeared.

Turkish investigators are also requesting to search a number of vehicles registered to the consulate, along with the home of the consul general, which is a few hundred meters from the consulate, after a van with tinted windows was seen leaving the consulate and driving to the home a couple of hours after Khashoggi entered.

The Washington Post reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman himself ordered an operation targeting Khashoggi.

Based on US intelligence intercepts, Saudi officials were heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia, where he resides, back to Saudi Arabia where he would be detained, the newspaper noted, citing unnamed US officials.

It was not clear to the officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to capture him, according to the report.


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13 COMMENTS

  1. This is quite interesting from Press TV:
    Khashoggi’s finacee, the pro-government Sabah daily reported.
    “The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch’s memory,” the paper said.
    Senior Turkish officials have previously been quoted as saying that Khashoggi was wearing a black Apple watch when he entered the consulate and that it was connected to a mobile phone he left outside.

    Might be the game changer…..food for thought anyway..

  2. Looking at the photo at the top of the page got me to thinking what it was like outside the medical tents during America’s War Between the States where amputations were a matter of fact for just about anybody who was wounded in the extremities. Arms and legs were amputated for even the slightest wound as there was no way to re-knit the bones that had been shattered from the 50 caliber musket ball traveling at low velocity. Hence the old photos and caricatures of old civil war vets with missing arms and legs was common.
    Where ever that photo emerged from leaves me wondering where was it taken and under what circumstances?
    It’s been nearly two weeks and still no word about Khashoggi and it’s apparent that tRump doesn’t seem too concerned now.
    The longer silence remains the worse the suspicions will grow.Personally I don’t believe he will ever be found.
    label it under” missing persons”.
    It doesn’t appear he was abducted by aliens either. Maybe by a certain group of people with alien ideas……

  3. Isn’t it well known what the Saudi’s do to people? Israel lover Trump has no conscience himself. All he cares about is MONEY in any language. I am sure he knows all the sordid details of what happened to the journalist and could care less other than to cover up the crimes. He is a worthless piece of garbage from New York. Trump is a gangster just like they are or the Israelis are.

    • We’ve had the same thing happen here in the U.S. in the past: judges, Labor leaders, journalists, have mysteriously vanished. Occasionally someone will claim they found where Jimmy Hoffa was buried ,there will be a big scene and as always nothing turns up except a lot of earth.
      Now here’s one that will scare you: over 400 people have been missing from inside the U.S. national forests and parks for the past several decades and the National Park Service will not talk about it. They are covering up something.
      David Paulides has been investigating this for several years.
      If you visit a national forest or park please be safe.

  4. Iran?…and what makes you to say that, Na sir? You sound like the Sherlock Holms the Headchoperstan of Saudi Arabia never had. That or a quarter-a-page Hasbara. Either way, i think you’r in the wrong place.

  5. Even if the evidence proves the Saudis murdered Kashoggi, nothing would change. America would still continue to sell arms to that wretched state, that will be used against the people of Yemen. There will be no sanctions.
    While on the other hand, lacking any evidence what so ever that Russia had anything to do with the so called Skripal poisoning,(highly dubious) the U.S., Britain( U.S. lapdog) and France continue to sanction Russia over nothing.
    America, the great hypocrite, will sooner or later pay dearly for it.

  6. Ever watch the 6 million dollar man on TV? Well Khashoggi just became SA’s 6 billion dollar man. That’s what its going to cost them for Turkey have a “we don’t recall moment”. Turkey won’t “put him back together” but they will give his fiancee $100K and let they story fade away… but its going to be pricey… After all the world’s attention span is 15 minutes if Turkey quits bringing it up.

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