Key Words: Trump compares condemnation of Saudis over missing journalist to Kavanaugh hearing

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President Donald Trump compared the alleged murder of a Saudi dissident to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing Tuesday.

“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. So we have to find out what happened.”

President Donald Trump

In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump criticized the worldwide condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump said he had spoken to Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who both denied knowing what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

Trump said he hopes the Saudi investigation into what happened to Khashoggi will be completed within a week.

Turkish officials say they have audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate and dismembered. Saudi officials have vehemently denied he was killed, but have provided no evidence that he is still alive, and on Monday there were reports that the government would admit he died in an interrogation gone wrong at the hands of rogue agents.

The New York Times reported late Tuesday that four of the suspects in Khashoggi’s disappearance have close ties to the crown prince, and a fifth is a doctor who holds a senior position in the Interior Ministry, potentially undercutting claims that it was a rogue operation.

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