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  • Washington Post editor Karen Attiah, who worked with
    murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his time as a
    contributor for the paper, claimed the Trump administration is
    helping “cover up” for the Saudi crown prince.
  • Attiah, who works as an editor for the Post’s Global
    Opinions section, said in a tweet on Tuesday that recent
    actions by Trump officials suggest a coordinated cover up in
    the wake of Khashoggi’s murder. 
  • She cited several examples of US officials —
    including John Bolton, Gina Haspel, and Trump himself
    — moving away from evidence that reportedly implicates the
    crown prince in Khashoggi’s brutal killing. 
  • Earlier this month, the
    CIA 
    determined
    that Prince Mohammed ordered the assassination despite
    consistent denials by Saudi Arabia.

Washington Post editor Karen Attiah, who worked with murdered
journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his time as a contributor for
the paper, claimed the Trump administration is helping “cover up”
for the Saudi crown prince’s “bloody mess.” 

Attiah, who works as an editor for the Post’s Global Opinions
section, said in a tweet on Tuesday that recent actions by Trump
officials suggest a coordinated cover up by the White House in
the wake of Khashoggi’s murder.  

Attiah cited several examples of US officials distancing
themselves from available evidence that reportedly implicates the
crown prince in Khashoggi’s brutal killing. 

Audio evidence supplied by the Turkish government has
been
circulating around global intelligence agencies, and
reportedly sheds light on how the murder took place. The
CIA 
 has
determined
that Prince Mohammed ordered Khashoggi’s
assassination, according to multiple reports, despite consistent
denials by Saudi Arabia.

Several members of Trump’s cabinet have refused to listen
to the tapes. 
President Trump himself said there was
no
reason
” to hear the recording because
it 
would not change his decision on how to respond.

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape,” Trump said
in the interview with Fox News earlier this month. “I know
everything that went on in the tape without having to hear
it.”

Trump doubled down on his defense of the Saudi crown prince

last week
, and said the US-Saudi relationship was “paramount”
in his decision making. 

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said
he hasn’t listened to the audio either
because he does not speak Arabic
.

Bolton claimed that people who speak Arabic have listened to the
tape and given White House advisers the “substance” of what is in
it.

And reports emerged on Tuesday which said the White House
is preventing CIA Director Gina Haspel — who
traveled to Ankara and is said to have listened to the tapes

 from briefing the Senate on its
contents. Other intelligence officials have also been barred
from a closed door meeting, ahead of a vote that would determine
if the US would cut support for Saudi forces in Yemen, the

Guardian said
.

Former CIA officer Bob Baer, who worked primarily in
the Middle East, said the US has purposely muted its response to
Khashoggi’s murder as part of a
deliberate cover up
.

“We’ve always turned a blind eye to what’s going on in
Saudi Arabia,” he told CNN earlier this month. “Saudi Arabia
is a volcano and to try and push the Crown Prince out, we don’t
have any players [in Saudi Arabia] on our side, so we don’t know
what to do.”

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