The slow-motion disaster of Trump’s Khashoggi strategy

Washington( CNN) Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, having just received a classified briefing from the director of the CIA in the cellar of the Capitol, two Republican senators stepped to a crowd of cameras and reporters. With a few pointed words, the pair blew up the Trump administration’s efforts to minimize the political damage stemming from journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

The South Carolina Republican took aim at the White House’s insistence that U.S. intelligence agencies had no direct proof connecting the murder to Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, even though it was carried out by members of his inner circle. “You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS.”

Nearby, Republican Sen. Bob Corker told reporters there was “zero question in my mind” that MBS was behind the killing. “If he was in front of a jury, ” said the Tennessee Republican, “he would be convicted in 30 minutes, guilty.”

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