In a brief interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) lamented that he feels “completely betrayed” after the recent assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Graham, who has become President Donald Trump’s golfing buddy, attacked the excuses the Saudi royals were using to convince the world they had nothing to do with the murder.
“The first story was a lie. The second storyline was just manufactured,” Graham said. “The relationship is important but our values are more important … I’ve been the leading supporter along with John McCain of the US-Saudi relationship. I feel completely betrayed.”
It’s unclear if Graham has spoken to his friend about his concerns. The president seems intent that the Saudis had nothing to do with the writer’s death.
Jon Stewart became known for taunting Graham during his time at “The Daily Show,” by describing all of his political comments as a young southern woman.
“This is a debacle,” Stewart said pretending to be Graham after a key foreign policy negotiation was brokered in 2013. “I have not seen a disaster such as this since I arrived at the Beauregard Cotillion with a magnolia in my hair when everyone else was wearin’ orchids!”
Watch the interview below and Steawrt below that:
Lindsey Graham on Saudi: "The first story was a lie. The second storyline was just manufactured. The relationship is important but our values are more important … I've been the leading supporter along with John McCain of the US-Saudi relationship. I feel completely betrayed." pic.twitter.com/HMkf2MWldf
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 22, 2018
Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report
On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.
"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.