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Saudi Foreign Minister Rebukes Rand Paul for Blaming Khashoggi’s Death on MBS: That’s Based on Emotions and Speculation

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir rebuked Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday for his assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, contending that the senator didn’t know much.

“I find it very surprising that somebody 6,000 miles away can be certain about an event that happened 6,000 miles away with no access to information or intelligence,” al-Jubeir told Fox News’ Bret Baeir in an exclusive interview. “So this is a judgment call on the part of Senator Paul. This is not based in fact. It’s just based on emotions and based on speculation.”

Earlier in the day, Paul gave an interview of his own in which he said he was “certain that the crown prince was involved and that he directed this,” arguing that U.S. relations with the leader could not continue and that he must be replaced.

In response, the foreign minister dismissed Paul’s remarks on leadership, arguing that the senator had no place weighing in on the matter.

While Paul’s criticisms are shared by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, al-Jubeir brushed off the commentary, telling Congress “to wait until they have the facts, and then judge the results of the facts and take positions then.”

“There is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” he added. “In this case, people have turned it upside down unfortunately.”

Watch the clip above via Fox News.

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