GOP Rep. Peter King Roasts President for ‘Shielding’ Saudi Arabia… President Obama, That Is

On This Week, host George Stephanopoulos spoke with both Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on the topic of the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and both had choice words about the President’s actions. Just not the same president. Both Schiff and King, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Dick Durbin, and even Newt Gingrich elsewhere today, stated that they find the explanation from the Saudi government to be not credible. King further said that while Trump is correct that the Saudis making arrests is a first step, he said it not a “believable” step. He then said that there is a necessity of maintaining a relationship with Saudi Arabia that spans administrations, including that of former President Barack Obama. “During the Obama administration, I led Continue reading "GOP Rep. Peter King Roasts President for ‘Shielding’ Saudi Arabia… President Obama, That Is"

Fox’s Harris Faulkner Caught Off-Guard as Rep Sean Duffy Warns of ‘Rush to Judgment’ on Saudis: ‘If There Was a Killing…’

On Outnumbered Overtime on Wednesday, host Harris Faulkner interviewed Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on the topic of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and appeared somewhat taken aback as he questioned pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia and even the very nature of the situation. “The big question today regarding Khashoggi has to be with Saudi Arabia,” said Faulkner. “How do you investigate this? And also maybe even with Turkey, who can we trust?” “Well, listen, I think we have to try to get them both to partner together to try to do this investigation but an investigation is key,” said Duffy. “I mean as a former prosecutor I want to see the facts and I want to know who is responsible, I want to know who ordered the killing, if there was a killing, and it appears that there was, so once we have those facts before, so Continue reading "Fox’s Harris Faulkner Caught Off-Guard as Rep Sean Duffy Warns of ‘Rush to Judgment’ on Saudis: ‘If There Was a Killing…’"

Trump Thanks Erdogan for His Help in Release of Detained Pastor Andrew Brunson

Pastor Andrew Brunson is set to return to the United States soon after being detained in Turkey for two years. President Donald Trump, who tweeted earlier this week that he’s “working very hard” on the matter, celebrated his return on Twitter today, thanking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and saying there was “NO DEAL” with Turkey:

North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson Reportedly Set to be Released by Turkish Government

According to NBC News, North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson will be released by the Turkish government and returned to the United States after years in detention for allegedly helping terrorist groups. “We continue to believe Pastor Brunson is innocent and the hearing on Friday is another opportunity for the Turkish judicial system to free an American citizen,” a senior administration official told NBC News. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years and ran a protestant church in Izmir, was detained in October 2016 and accused of helping those responsible for the failed coup attempt against Continue reading "North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson Reportedly Set to be Released by Turkish Government"

Trump Administration Mute Amid Mounting Calls to Condemn Saudi Arabia Over Reported Murder of Journalist

Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist and prominent Saudi dissident, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week to pick up a document needed for his marriage. He has not been seen since. Turkish investigators said they believe Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a team of 15 Saudi agents. Saudi officials have denied they murdered the journalist. The potential assassination of a journalist on foreign soil raises questions over how the United States will confront Saudi Arabia, an ally the Trump administration has made significant outreach to. Senator Lindsey Graham said it is “imperative that we find out what happened to Mr. Khashoggi and the Saudi government give a clear answer as to their conduct and information on his whereabouts.”