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‘The coverup begins’: Political commentators call BS on Saudis’ ‘implausible’ claim that Khashoggi died in a ‘fistfight’



Moments after the Saudi government admitted that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was indeed dead, political commentators began calling BS en masse on the Saudis’ claim that the columnist died inside the consulate in a “fistfight.”

While responding on-air to the news, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pointed out that “this notion of a fistfight resulting in [Khashoggi’s] death sounds very, very suspicious.”

“He is a 60-year-old man surrounded by 15 Saudi nationals, high-ranking Saudi officials who were brought in to deal with him,” Blitzer added. “All of a sudden there’s a fistfight and he winds up dead, that sounds very suspicious to me.”

“The Saudi cover-up begins,” the New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof observed. “The aim is to obfuscate and protect the Mad Prince by pinning this murder on fall guys. Will Trump join the cover-up? We will soon find out.”

The Times‘ Maggie Haberman pointed out that the Saudis were using “the authoritarian version of the Robert Chambers defense,” referencing the infamous “Preppie Killer” who was found guilty of murdering 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. Chambers, Haberman noted, claimed that “things got out of hand” while having “rough sex” with Levin, who was found naked and slaughtered in New York City’s Central Park in the early hours of a morning in 1986.

The Times‘ reporter linked to a tweet from her colleague Michael Barbaro, who noted that it “does not sound plausible” that Khashoggi died in a struggle following a fistfight.

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CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report



On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.

"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."

"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.

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Fox News host jokes about Sarah Sanders’ exit: It’s hard being ‘mouthpiece for a racist, traitorous Nazi president’



Fox News host Jesse Watters on Wednesday joked that President Donald Trump is a "racist, traitorous Nazi president."

Watters marked the last day of Sarah Sanders' tenure as White House press secretary by recalling that she had been a favorite target of activists.

"You are supposed to chase Sarah Sanders out of the restaurant, remember that?" Watters asked Fox News host Martha MacCallum. "They have to dehumanize Sarah Sanders, they have to isolate her, make her feel like not a real person because, remember, she is the mouthpiece for the racist, traitorous Nazi president. He cages kids, sexually assaults people, he is a madman."

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‘Fundamentally’ immoral: Federal asylum officers sue Trump administration over immigration policy



On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officers are filing suit against the Trump administration, alleging that the president's policy requiring asylum seekers be held in Mexico awaiting their hearing is a risk to their lives.

The officers told a federal court that the policy, which was implemented ostensibly to relieve overcrowding at U.S. detention facilities, is "fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation and our international and domestic legal obligations."

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