Jared Kushner slurred slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a 'terrorist': Michael Wolff book
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is seeking support for his long-delayed but controversial Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. (AFP/File / SAUL LOEB)

Jared Kushner slurred slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a "terrorist" during an off-the-record conversation with a reporter, according to a new book.

Michael Wolff claims in his forthcoming book, "Siege," that Kushner -- a senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law -- denied Khashoggi was a journalist and excused his murder by Saudi intelligence, reported Vanity Fair.

“This guy was the link between certain factions in the royal family and Osama (bin Laden)," Kushner said, according to Wolff. "We know that. A journalist? Come on. This was a terrorist masquerading as a journalist.”

Kushner is close to Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is believed to have ordered the brutal October 2018 murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who lived in the United States.

“I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after meeting with CIA director Gina Haspel to discuss the slaying.

Khashoggi was from a prominent Saudi family and had once been the royal family's spokesman, and he had interviewed bin Laden many times since the early 1980s.