Khashoggi editor: Please spare me the ‘Mattis stands up for US values’ takes

The editor of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's at The Washington Post on Thursday blasted outgoing Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Why US democracy support matters Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts four Chinese military officers over Equifax hack | Amazon seeks Trump deposition in 'war cloud' lawsuit | Inside Trump's budget | Republican proposes FTC overhaul MORE, saying he was part of administration efforts to “downplay” CIA evidence linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi’s death.

Karen Attiah asked on Twitter to be spared from the "'Mattis stands up for US values' takes" in the media after Mattis said he was resigning from the Trump administration.

Khashoggi, a journalist who was critical of the Saudi government in his columns in The Washington Post, was killed in October when he went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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Mattis had said that there was “no smoking gun” linking the crown prince to the death of Khashoggi, contradicting a reported conclusion from the CIA. 

Mattis announced his resignation on Thursday, sending a note to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE saying he deserved a secretary "whose views are better aligned with yours."

Both Republicans and Democrats have praised Mattis and said they were troubled by his abrupt departure, which came one day after Trump announced that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (Calif.) called Mattis “a comfort to many of us as a voice of stability in the Trump administration.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Lawmakers race to pass emergency coronavirus funding Trump upends controversial surveillance fight MORE (R-Ky.) said he was “distressed” by the news.

“So I was sorry to learn that Secretary Mattis, who shares those clear principles, will soon depart the administration. But I am particularly distressed that he is resigning due to sharp differences with the president on these and other key aspects of America’s global leadership," McConnell said in a statement.