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Dem rep ‘peddles INSANE conspiracy’ on Jared Kushner and Khashoggi, even throws CNN for a loop

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Wow. It’s clear the left hates President Donald Trump, but Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a rising progressive star in the party, dropped such an outlandish accusation against the Trump administration that even the network that all but dedicates 24-7 coverage to destroying the president balked.

Castro went on national television and accused Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, with an assist from U.S. intelligence agencies, of giving Saudi Arabia a “hit list” of enemies that included journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly killed recently.

Cited unspecified reporting, Castro said Kushner “may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”

The irresponsible accusation by a member of Congress proved to be a bridge too far for even CNN, with anchor Poppy Harlow making it a point to say the network is not familiar with the “reporting.”

Kushner established close ties to the Saudi crown prince since joining the Trump administration and there was speculation Castro may be referring to an Interceptor article from March.

The off-the-wall conspiracy theory prompted a wave of responses.

Republican strategist Evan Siegfried tweeted: “Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx peddles an insane conspiracy theory that on Jared Kushner gave Saudi Arabia a ‘hit list’ of enemies and Jamal Khashoggi was on the list, which is why he was killed.”

Curtis Houck, managing editor at NewsBusters, called the accusation “incredibly irresponsible” in a tweet that shared the clip.

Observer columnist John Schindler noted that Castro is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, saying that the Democrat should be removed from the panel for smearing the intelligence community.

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:

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