Trump Defends Saudi Arabia With Brett Kavanaugh Comparison
President Donald Trump defended the Saudi Arabian government, which has a long history of human rights violations, by comparing the monarchy to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
After denying any involvement in the Oct. 2 disappearance and death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for weeks, the Saudi government is reportedly concocting a story about a failed kidnapping by Saudi agents that accidentally turned into murder.
Trump made his astounding comparison to the Associated Press:
I think we have to find out what happened first. Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned.
Trump reportedly spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman this week, and claimed they both denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.
A source told Middle East Eye about the gruesome murder of Khashoggi:
It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist’s last moments told Middle East Eye.
Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul General’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said.
Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.
“The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” the source told MEE.
The screaming stopped when Khashoggi – who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October – was injected with an as yet unknown substance.
Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.
Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said.
The killing took seven minutes, the source said.
As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.
“When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too,” Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.