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 MattisTrump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions Trump says he intends to nominate Esper to lead Pentagon Trump expected to nominate Esper as Defense chief 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 TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time 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 PelosiTrump says he'd win the election 'easier' if Democrats impeach him Democrats give Trump trade chief high marks Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership 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 McConnellGOP senators divided over approach to election security Democrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Congress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break 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.