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Interrogator from crown prince’s inner circle fingered by Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi assassination

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CNN reported late Friday that a member of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud’s inner circle has been relieved of his position and fingered as the killer of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to a statement released on Saudi state TV that 18 Saudi nationals have been detained for what happened. The Saudis are also saying that Khashoggi’s death was the result of a “fist fight,” not an interrogation, torture and dismemberment.

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The statement did not reveal who gave the order to detain Khashoggi or why the Saudi nationals flew over to Turkey to meet the man. It was revealed Thursday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heard the recording of the death of Khashoggi and he gave a strong warning to the Saudis. That tape has not been released to the public, however.

President Donald Trump has claimed that “rogue killers” were responsible for the crime, and the Saudis seem to have adopted this same message, blaming a rogue member of the Crown Prince’s inner circle. The Saudis have also said that they need 30 days to conduct their investigation, but this announcement was made at 1:00 a.m. local Riyadh time.

The government had previously said that they had nothing to do with it and that they knew with certainty that Khashoggi left the embassy. When questions arose for proof, the Saudis couldn’t deliver. Saying now that they know he was murdered may present more questions about the initial claims by the Saudis.

UPDATE: CNN later reported that the Saudis said it was a “chokehold” not a “fistfight.”

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Supreme Court timeline on Trump’s taxes gives time for Manhattan prosecutors to file charges: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah tweeted a recent report that the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up President Donald Trump's case to keep his taxes away from investigators.

That case between Trump and Congress invokes a 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns. Rocah mocked the president for being "so shady, so corrupt, so unlawful, that you’re willing to fight the release of your tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court."

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His fellow conservative colleague, Jennifer Rubin, similarly said that no one expected anything better from Graham. Boot extended his disdain to the entire Republican Party.

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