The bombshell revelation that National Enquirer boss David Pecker was trying to blackmail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has cast a new spotlight on Donald Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. It may even implicate the president in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (a Saudi exile) last October. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been accused of having Khashoggi killed.
The evidence in the blackmail case shows that Pecker was acting on behalf of Trump, his long-time personal friend. It also shows that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was involved in the blackmail scheme from the beginning.
In his stunning blog post on Thursday Bezos said that Pecker’s blackmail efforts were politically motivated and several times he mentioned the connection between Pecker and Saudi Arabia.
But why did David Pecker take the risky move of trying to blackmail Bezos when it could increase his own legal jeopardy?
The answer to the question could lie in the fact that Khashoggi worked for Jeff Bezos.
- Bezos, the richest man in the world, owns the Washington Post.
- Khashoggi was a columnist for the Post before he was brutally killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, by Saudi hit men.
- The Post has been leading coverage of the killing of Khashoggi. This coverage has continually suggested that the Crown Prince personally ordered the murder of the Post journalist. The Post coverage has also accused the Trump administration of attempting to cover up the Saudi involvement in the murder.
So now we can see that at the same time that Saudi Arabia was having one of Bezos’ Post journalists murdered, they were also working with Trump and Pecker in a blackmail scheme against Bezos. This does not appear to be a coincidence.
In his blog post, Bezos set forth the reasons why both Trump and the Saudis would want to target him, and he mentions that they both have close relationships with David Pecker.
We know that the Saudi Crown Prince had a personal grudge against Khashoggi. Both Trump and the Crown Prince were upset that the journalist had been using his position at the Post to expose Saudi corruption. We also know that Donald Trump had a personal grudge against Jeff Bezos because the Post has been exposing so much of Trump’s corruption.
But is it possible that Trump has been targeting Bezos all along because his puppet masters in Saudi Arabia told him to, as part of their vendetta against Bezos’ employee Khashoggi?
Certainly the Post is not the only newspaper that has been critical of Donald Trump, and it’s not the only member of the “mainstream media” that he has attacked on Twitter.
It is possible that Donald Trump was helping to facilitate Saudi Arabia’s vendetta against Jamal Khashoggi by going after Khashoggi’s boss, Jeff Bezos.
Here’s the big question: what did Trump know about Khashoggi’s murder, and when did he know it?
It is at least a possibility that the president actually in some way helped Saudi Arabia have the Post journalist murdered. And we know that he certainly helped with the cover up.
The following passage appears in an article on CNN on this very topic:
“The Post has doggedly covered Saudi Arabia’s premeditated murder of its own columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, reporting that the CIA has concluded the killing was ordered by [Crown Prince] bin Salman, a charge the Kingdom denies. The Post has also chronicled Trump’s close ties with Saudi leaders as well as the President’s ongoing refusal to condemn the prince or significantly sanction Saudi Arabia.”
And Bezos wrote in his blog post that he believes there is a connection between the blackmail plot and the killing of Khashoggi:
“The Post’s coverage of Khashoggi’s murder is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles.”
Trump has done everything possible to cover up the Saudi government’s involvement in having Khashoggi killed. Trump has also provided favors and helped Saudi Arabia in other areas, such as the war in Yemen.
Many people believe that Donald Trump is a puppet for Saudi Arabia due to the financial leverage the Kingdom holds over him. And if this is true, it is very possible that Trump assisted with not only the Bezos blackmail but also the Khashoggi assassination.
As the Bezos lawsuit against Pecker proceeds, the truth about Donald Trump is likely to come out. And when that happens we may find out that the president has Khashoggi’s blood on his hands.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.