Even CNN has its limits as to how far it will go down the rabbit hole when it comes to attacking Republicans, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) found that limit on Friday morning.
Appearing on CNN with host Poppy Harlow, Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that reports should be investigated about — and he actually said this — Jared Kushner giving Saudi officials a hit list that led to the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Harlow brought up the Democrats currently complaining that there has been a lack of intelligence coming to the committee due to Republicans blocking things, and asked Castro to comment on it. Castro offered that there would be a lot of discussion about it on the networks and then dropped this incredibly absurd bomb.
“Let me get to the point that I think is most disturbing right now,” said Castro. “The reporting that Jared 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.”
Before Castro could even finish his sentence, Harlow interjected and assured the viewers that they have seen no reports to this effect.
“I’m not sure where you’re getting that,” said Harlow.
“I’ve seen reporting to that effect-,” continued Castro.
“Not CNN reporting,” Harlow said, seemingly more to the viewers than to Castro.
This is a huge thing to claim, and furthermore, to say that there have been “reports” without providing any place where these reports may be circulating makes this seem like a desperate attempt to strike out at the Trump administration in some way, shape, or form. Castro’s inability to offer where they’re coming from leads me to believe that he’s either making it up or possibly read it somewhere less reputable than he’d like to admit.
When even CNN is backing away from a claim against a Republican, you can bet you’ve gone a bit far. Castro should probably not offer such radical notions in the future.