Secret Service Agent Caught on Camera Blocking Reporter From Questioning Jared Kushner


I saw that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were the final two people to board this flight, surrounded by Secret Service agents and in communicating with my bureau, CBS, in Washington, D.C., it was simply agreed that, look, there are burning questions we have for this administration on its response to Saudi denials that the Saudi royal family had nothing to do with the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, so this was an opportunity to ask Jared Kushner, who is key in the Trump Administration's thinking and relationship with the Saudi royal family, how he responds to the denials.

The US president's son-in-law was spared potentially tough questioning on Saudi Arabia when an unidentified special agent pushed in front of Errol Barnett, telling the CBS journalist there is a "time and a place" for such questions.

Barnett tried to explain that he was credentialed reporter, but the agent shot back: "I don't give a damn who you are".

Barnett appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday to discuss the incident, and explained that he meant to ask Kushner about the Saudi government's denial of a role in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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The Secret Service said Wednesday that they "in no way meant to impede those rights or the media's access to a Secret Service protectee" when they prevented CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett from asking Jared Kushner questions. "No further comment will be made until the incident is able to be fully reviewed". "He does not make himself available and there are so many more questions to be asked", Barnett told "CBS This Morning". "There's a time and a place".

"Pending receipt of additional facts, details and full circumstances surrounding the incident, appropriate action will be taken if necessary", the statement said.

Barnett said on CBSN after the statement came out that he "took issue with the characterization that I did not identify myself because it was the first thing I did". I'm boarding a plane from Washington, D.C., to NY, a flight I take regularly. I had my White House press pass as well'.

The Saudis are joining a Turkish investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance, which occurred after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.