It is, of course, a crime to lie under oath; it is also a crime to lie to a congressional committee, whether you are under oath or not. “Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell,” Vox notes, “was convicted of lying to a Senate committee during the Watergate scandal.”
So I couldn’t help but ask the defensive Prince: Did he not worry that Mueller might send him to prison for not telling the truth, as he did with Gen. Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and others?
“Nope,” he replied, giving me that dead-eyed stare once again, “not at all.”
“Trump and the Prince finally got their story worked out”
Activists on Friday delivered a petition to the U.S. State Department demanding justice for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly three weeks ago. (Photo: Ford Fischer/News2Share)
“We call BS,” declared CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin on Friday after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia finally confirmed that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul—but also claimed he died in “fistfight” gone wrong rather than the widely suspected grisly torture and assassination by a hit team acting on orders from the highest levels of Saudi leadership.
The Kingdom later updated its explanation, according to a CNN reporter, to say that Khashoggi was killed in a chokehold during a fight. Turkish officials, meanwhile, have alleged to the press that a team of Saudi agents—including a doctor specializing in autopsies—brought a bone saw into the consulate, where they tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi.
Asked about Saudi Arabia’s new claims late Friday, Trump told reporters he has confidence in the “fistfight” explanation and called the supposed findings a “good first step.”
Here is a list of fact checks on some of the US president’s claims on Thursday:
REALITY CHECK : NOTHING HAPPENED: LIAR”S POKER
Trump: ‘Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment’
Nothing has changed since Trump arrived in Brussels.
Trump: ‘We have a very, very strong Nato, much stronger than it was two days ago’
There is no empirical measure of this claim for increased strength.