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Saudi mur­der: Sev­eral sen­a­tors emerged from an in­tel­li­gence brief­ing this week con­vinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man or­dered the death of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi. “If the crown prince went in front of a jury,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on leav­ing CIA Di­rec­tor Gina Haspel’s closed-door pre­sen­ta­tion, “he would be con­victed in 30 min­utes.” The CIA based its con­clu­sions on au­dio record­ings from in­side the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, where Khashoggi was as­sas­si­nated in Oc­to­ber, along with at least 11 mes­sages Prince Mo­hammed ex­changed with a close ad­viser who over­saw the killing. Pres­i­dent Trump re­fuses to say whether the crown prince even knew about the mur­der—“Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said last month. Yet Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-S.C.) said one would have to be “will­fully blind” to deny that Prince Mo­hammed or­dered Khashoggi’s killing.

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