In his pocket

Back in March there were news stories about Jared Kushner sharing intelligence with the Saudi dictators.

Jared Kushner discussed classified information from the president’s daily briefing with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who bragged that he had Kushner “in his pocket,” The Intercept reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed source.

Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser,had access to the briefing, a highly sensitive intelligence update meant to be seen by only the president and his top advisers, before being stripped of his top-secret security clearance last month.

And, if this is accurate, he blabbed about it. To Saudi assistant-dictator Mohammed bin Salman, who apparently had Jamal Khashoggi killed last week.

When Salman became the heir to the throne in June, the daily briefing began to focus on shifting political allegiances in Saudi Arabia and named several Saudi royals opposing the crown prince, the Intercept report said.

Kushner then made a surprise trip to Riyadh in October, reportedly staying up until 4 a.m. with Salman to discuss strategy.

Several sources told The Intercept that after the meeting, Salman told close confidants that Kushner had spilled the names of the Saudi royals “disloyal” to the prince — something Kushner’s camp denies strongly.

Salman told the United Arab Emirates crown prince about the meeting with Kushner, bragging that he had Kushner “in his pocket,” The Intercept reported, citing “a source who talks frequently to confidants of the Saudi and Emirati rulers.”

Maybe it’s just gossip, maybe it’s true. There’s no way to know because Trump and his mob don’t adhere to the rules on transparency.

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