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CNN analyst says Trump administration may have known of Saudi murder plot — but did nothing

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CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon revealed on Thursday that the US may have known in advance of Saudi involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but that any investigation would be complicated by the Trump family’s close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“That is a multi-layered relationship, from trying to broker arms deals to drinks with the crown prince and partying on his yacht and wherever else,” Avlon said.

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“But if the Trump administration is effectively forced by congress to confront Saudi Arabia about this act, it will have ripple effects,” he continued, because the US “relies on Saudi to be a check on Iran.” Nonetheless, he said the Magnitsky Act should be invoked, as demanded by a bipartisan group of senators.

“The Magnitsky Act would require the administration to investigate and possibly put on sanctions. You heard the president say ‘we don’t want to mess with our arms deals, that would be bad for American business’,” Avlon added. “The question is does he see bigger principals at stake, because this is not an administration that has gone to the mat for human rights.”

“That is the danger of these close-knit relationships,” he said, bringing up a darker scenario. “Our own Elise Labott reporting out today following up that it’s possible that the U.S. intercepted cables showing that the Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back.”

“If that was the case and the duty to warn was not communicated, that is an additional complication and a degree of culpability.”

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‘I told you this would happen’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump for trying to ruin Dr Fauci

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his latest attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci.

"Fauci is not to blame for any of this. Trump is, period," said Cuomo. "And now that the reality is sinking in to blue and red, to left, right, and reasonable, Trump is doing what he always does: trying to shift blame to someone else. And we must reject efforts to shift stink onto the one man we can trust."

"Now, in these White House attacks, we see their principles on display as well, don't we?" said Cuomo. "Eat your own, lie about Fauci, deny your role, and defy the mandate of leadership that we gave you. And how about using an unnamed official to smear the only credible voice they have on this voice. Where are the worries about anonymous sources now, Mr. President? This is making America great again? You pardon a convicted liar and lie about a man with a conviction to fight a pandemic, which you apparently lack."

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CNN host buries Trump for promoting elderly game show host’s COVID conspiracy

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CNN's John Berman on Monday buried President Donald Trump for promoting the medical advice of a former game show host over the advice of doctors when it comes to the novel coronavirus.

The president on Monday morning promoted a tweet from former "Love Connection" host Chuck Woolery that accused both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors in general of deliberately lying about the pandemic to harm Trump's re-election bid.

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Damning CNN supercut shows how Trump has been ‘wrong about every aspect of the pandemic’

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President Donald Trump's allies have been circulating an opposition research file on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for getting some things wrong in the past when talking about the novel coronavirus.

However, the president has gotten vastly more wrong about the pandemic -- and CNN on Monday showed the receipts.

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