Kushner offered advice to Saudi crown prince after journalist’s death

On Saturday, The New York Times reported that the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, continued to have private conversations with bin Salman following Khashoggi's murder in October.

A source, who read the transcript, told the news network that the journalist's last words were "I can't breathe".

Jamal Khashoggi's final words have now been shared in a transcript revealed by a source close to the investigation into the death.

Turkish officials obtained a recording of the incident but have not said how.

Both of the individuals were previously reported to have been part of a Saudi "hit team" sent to Turkey to kill Khashoggi.

As people set upon Khashoggi, he started fighting for air, repeating, "I can't breathe" at least three times. Turkish officials believe the calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh.

The source says the transcript begins when the Saudi journalist enters the consulate and realizes something is amiss when he recognizes one of the men who greets him.

The source said the transcript includes mention of the saw the Saudi agents were using to dismember Khashoggi's body while the perpetrators were told to listen to music to avoid the sounds of human dismemberment.


According to the CNN source, the transcript also noted a series of calls made to someone in Riyadh providing updates on the situation. "We have not received it in the manner that it should have been received".

Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top Saudi aide and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning Khashoggi's killing, two Turkish officials said last week.

White House officials declined to comment on Kushner's one-on-one communications with the prince since the killing of Khashoggi.

A White House spokesman told the Times in a statement that "Jared has always meticulously followed protocols and guidelines regarding the relationship with MBS [referring to the initials of the crown prince] and all of the other foreign officials with whom he interacts".

Erdogan has said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government but has insisted it was not King Salman.

The Crown Prince has denied any involvement in the killing.

The murder has damaged Riyadh's global reputation and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.

This was supposedly after he had been resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia.

  • Tracy Klein