Shepard Smith Goes Off on Khashoggi Response: U.S. Has Been Defending ‘Oil Rich’ Saudi Arabia Since Before 9/11


“Is it an investigation or a cover-up?”

Fox News’ Shepard Smith opened his show today expressing utter bewilderment at the United States seemingly deferring the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing to Saudi Arabia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia and he subsequently told reporters, “They told me they were going to conduct a thorough, complete, transparent investigation.”

“The Saudis are accused of ordering an operation that ended with an innocent man’s murder,” Smith said. “Now the Saudis are going to investigate themselves. And that’s fine with the United States.”

Smith broke down the latest developments in the case of Khashoggi’s disappearance and killing after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey, including a new report that among the interrogators were four individuals with links to the crown prince.

And with pressure growing by the day, Smith expressed some bewilderment at Pompeo touting the king’s commitment to transparency. He asked, “Is it thorough and timely when the crime scene search is incomplete 14 days later? No, it’s not.”

Smith also made a point of calling out the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia:

“Senator Lindsey Graham says the crown prince must go, that he’ll do no business with the kingdom while MBS is in charge. He’s defended them on the floor of the Senate for years, but no more. The same MBS who kidnapped Lebanon’s prime minister. The same MBS behind the imprisonment in a hotel of 200 business leaders and royals––some physically abused, others extorted for millions, some still locked up, others feared dead. The MBS who’s accused of ordering his goons to the consulate in Turkey where there’s said to be solid evidence that they hacked a man to bits is now essentially investigating himself. And the United States government is thanking his father. The United States––this nation has been defending that oil-rich kingdom since long before 15 of its citizens were among the 19 high-jackers who wrecked our world and killed our people by the thousands on 9/11. Depending and thanking for their commitment to transparency. The Saudis transparent. What could be more preposterous? Were the desert not covering with oil, would any of this be happening?”

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