Even as Donald Trump publicly sides today with Saudi Arabia, we’re learning that current United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, delivered a detailed plan to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt at assisting in the coverup of the murder of American resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This is according to a new bombshell story from the Middle East Eye. If proven true, this would be an outrageous attempt by the Donald Trump administration to cover up a crime against the United States by a foreign leader.
Just as Trump did when he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the American Intelligence community, Trump is now siding with Saudi leaders over the CIA, which stated that MBS ordered the torture and murder of Khashoggi. According to the Middle East Eye’s source, Pompeo delivered the elaborate coverup plan, a step-by-step procedure to avoid culpability for the king and crown prince, in person during a meeting in Riyadh on October 16, exactly two weeks after Khashoggi’s death.
The plan involved scapegoating an innocent member of the ruling Saudi family to protect top leaders from any political or criminal fallout. Such a blatant attempt to prevent justice and protect ruthless murderers would cause worldwide outrage, but the fact that top officials in Trump’s administration were the masterminds behind the plan is stunning. Even before the story bringing Pompeo into the conspiracy came out, human rights groups across the globe were demanding the United States uncover the truth.
It now appears that top intelligence officials in the Trump administration were well aware of what happened, but instead of working to make the facts public, they did everything they could to help protect those involved in ordering the gruesome murder. “When Pompeo declared on 18 October that Saudi Arabia should be given ‘a few more days’ to complete its investigation into the case, he was giving them time to begin implementing his plan,” according to the source. While this story is sure to attract worldwide scrutiny, Trump might (temporarily) enjoy the distraction from all of the indictments of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that are likely coming soon.
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