Joaquin Castro Walks Back Kushner Allegations

Rep. Joaquin Castro , a member of the House Intelligence Committee, took to Twitter today to walk back his statements on CNN about Jared Kushner's possible providing of a hit list to the Saudi Crown Prince which included Jamal Kashoggi.

Castro, during a CNN appearance Friday morning, cited unspecified “reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”

While his statements on CNN yesterday were interpreted by many as a direct accusation against Jared Kushner, today Rep. Castro says he is only asking for an investigation based on media reporting. The reporting he cites today:


In late October, Jared Kushner made an unannounced trip to Riyadh, catching some intelligence officials off guard. “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy,” the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported at the time.

What exactly Kushner and the Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to them, but after the meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown. Kushner, through his attorney’s spokesperson, denies having done so.

Rep. Castro closes his tweet storm with:

For these reasons, Congress should open an investigation to see whether @jaredkushner or any other Admin official shared any US intelligence with the Saudis that led to any political persecution, including the killing of #JamalKhashoggi.

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    What Could Kushner Told MBS About Kashoggi (none / 0) (#1)
    by RickyJim on Fri Oct 19, 2018 at 03:17:29 PM EST
    that he didn't know already?  I am not a fan but this does seem to be an unfair accusation.

    Kushner's involvement (none / 0) (#2)
    by jondee on Fri Oct 19, 2018 at 03:36:07 PM EST
    was probably more of a Kissingerian "if you do this, you won't have a problem from us" nod and wink.

    whats one more dead Brown person (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdm251 on Sun Oct 21, 2018 at 10:29:08 AM EST
    Even if they told Kushner what they were going to do, it's probably incomprehensible to him that anyone would care about some brown skinned guy with a funny name