Clinton: Trump is ‘part of the cover-up’ in Khashoggi killing

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Rivaling chants of 'USA,' 'lock him up' greet Flynn after sentencing hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing | White House signals it wants to avoid shutdown MORE on Tuesday suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE is “part of the cover-up as to what happened” in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential campaign, kicked off a paid speaking tour in Toronto by hitting the president over his response to the killing of Khashoggi in a Saudi Arabian consulate last month, saying that Trump and “those closest to him” have their “own personal” interests. 

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“We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered,” Clinton said. 

“And we have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal commercial interests,” she added.

Trump and his administration have come under heavy criticism over the White House response to Khashoggi’s death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has indicated that the U.S. government will remain allies with Saudi Arabia, saying sanctions or punishment taken against the kingdom over Khashoggi could cause oil prices to spike.

“If you want to see oil prices go to $150 a barrel ... all you have to do is break up our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said last week.

The president has also refused to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing, even as reports emerged that the CIA has concluded that the crown prince likely ordered the assassination. 

"I hate the crime and I hate what is done and I hate the cover-up," Trump said last Tuesday. "And I will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than I do."

Clinton was in Toronto with her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOvernight Energy: Oil giant supports carbon tax push | Poll finds majorities in both parties back Green New Deal | NJ moves to rejoin regional climate pact Chelsea Clinton working on new children’s book about endangered animals Alan Dershowitz: Did Michael Flynn lie? Or did the FBI act improperly? MORE, to start a 13-date speaking tour.