Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to address Donald Trump’s defense of the Saudi cover-up of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an intelligence and security analyst said Democratic House members are ready to come after the president over possible financial entanglements with the Middle Eastern nation.
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, former CIA case officer Robert Baer said he is already being flooded with calls from the newly empowered Democrats who will chair and hold majority positions of the House committees with the power to investigate Trump.
“The Saudi foreign minister already parroted back the president’s doubts about the CIA assessment [of the murder],” Sciutto began. “We are in a different situation because you have Democrats taking over the House.”
“That gives Democrats powerful chairmanships of committees, and we have Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) now who will be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee saying, among the things, that he wants the committee to investigate is whether Trump Organization has financial ties in Saudi Arabia that is influencing the president’s decision here,” the CNN host continued. “How impactful could an investigation like that be?”
“Oh, Jim, it’s going to be huge,” Baer enthused. “I have already gotten e-mails this morning from Congress asking who should they put in front of committees.”
“They’re going to come after this president with hatchets, these Democrats,” he explained. “They’re going to uncover a lot of financial connections that go back years. I mean, essentially Russia and Saudi Arabia floated, you know, the Trump property empire in its bad times — a lot of investments from the royal family, current ones I don’t know.”
“But that’s certainly going to go on, these hearings, for the next two years, you can count on it,” he assured the CNN host.
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