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Fri May 22, 2020, 09:19 PM

Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed State Department officials to find a way to justify the emergency declaration that he had already decided to implement in order to fast-track the $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year -- stunning career diplomats, four sources have told CNN.

"They seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified," said a State Department official who told CNN they had communicated what happened to the State Department's Office of the Inspector General during an interview late last year, as part of the watchdog's investigation into Pompeo's move to fast track the sale.

"The attitude was very Trumpian," the official added.

Pompeo's demand meant State Department officials had to reverse engineer the situation to provide the justification for a decision which was made in an aggressive and unconventional manner, the sources said

The probe into the secretary's push on the Saudi weapons sale is in the spotlight after President Donald Trump fired State Department inspector general Steve Linick, at Pompeo's request last week.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/pompeo-ordered-officials-to-find-a-way-to-justify-saudi-arms-sale-being-probed-by-fired-watchdog/ar-BB14qZlT?ocid=msn360

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Reply Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 22 OP
Iliyah May 22 #1
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42bambi May 22 #3
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:22 PM

1. republicans .....

"squirrel" look at the past Democratic administration that also involves VP Biden.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:47 PM

2. So, though Linick was illegally fired, aren't his findings still available?

Is anything going to happen with this beyond a little flurry in the news?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 10:26 PM

3. Why were Trump and Pompeo wanting/needing to hide the arms sale to SA? Was it

that Trump/Kushner owes millions to SA, and SA called in the note, or...?

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Response to 42bambi (Reply #3)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:18 PM

5. There was a disagreement with Congress.

State Department IG fired by Trump was investigating Saudi arms sale that bypassed Congress

The Trump administration in mid-2019 issued an emergency declaration to push through an $8 billion-plus arms deal with the Saudi kingdom and the United Arab Emirates without congressional approval.

The Democrat-led House voted, mostly along party lines, to block the weapons sale. Trump vetoed the resolutions last July, and the GOP-held Senate failed in an attempt to override the veto.

Much of the opposition stemmed from the 2018 slaying in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, as well as Saudi Arabia’s military endeavors in Yemen. News outlets reported in late 2018 that the CIA found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself had ordered the assassination of Khashoggi, citing people familiar with the matter. The crown prince has denied ordering the killing.


There is also some indication that Jared Kushner may have been involved in Khashoggi's death.

In Death, Khashoggi Exposes the Corruption of Kushner and Trump

More importantly, U.S. intelligence knew of a plan to lure Khashoggi back to arrest him, so the president and the de facto ambassador to Saudi Arabia must have also known. If they knew and did not share the information with Khashoggi, they are liable. [snip]

Last October, Jared Kushner paid an unannounced visit to Riyadh, where it’s reported that he stayed up until the wee hours talking “strategy” with the crown prince, apparently his new BFF. He allegedly gave MbS an “enemies list” culled from the classified president’s daily brief, which MbS seems to have used the following month to purge disloyal relatives from government and take their money. Also last October, Kushner’s company received a $57 million loan from Fortress Investment Group, which was recently purchased by SoftFund, a Saudi investment concern, to bail out its troubled property at One Journal Square in Jersey City. (A larger and more widely-reported loan, to bail out the troubled property at 666 Fifth Avenue, came the following summer, via Qatar.)


The whole thing is ugly and stinks to high heaven.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:00 PM

4. Hastening The Second Coming is folly, fool. Look it up!

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