Joaquin Castro accuses Kushner of orchestrating killing of Khashoggi

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Rep. Joaquin CastroJared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump Saudi Arabia mulls blaming top intel officer over Khashoggi disappearance: report Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference MORE of orchestrating the killing of Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.Joaquin CastroJulian Castro responds to Steve King ‘Hispanic’ comments: ‘He does what he usually does’ Steve King: Julian and Joaquin Castro learned Spanish to ‘qualify as retroactive Hispanics’ Hispanic Dems want answers on detention of immigrant minors MORE (D-Texas) on Friday accused senior White House adviser

Castro, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN he did have substantial evidence to support his claim, but repeatedly cited media reports on the subject.

Video: Here’s the video of Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro stating without evidence that Kushner may have given the Saudis a hit list that had Khashoggi’s name on it and thus the Saudis had him killed. Incredibly irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/9mossq4Cdt

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Castro cited unspecified reporting “that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown price, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that.”

CNN host Poppy Harlow attempted to clarify what reporting Castro was referring to, saying CNN had not reported on that accusation.

Castro continued, saying “I’ve seen reporting to that effect … that needs to investigated.”

Khashoggi has been missing for more than two weeks and was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Kushner, the son-in-law of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE , and Saudi Arabia’s crown price Mohammed bin Salman have a well-documented relationship, though no one before Castro has accused Kushner of having any involvement in the death of Khashoggi.

On Thursday, Trump took his strongest stance against Saudi Arabia, threatening “very severe” consequences if the country is found to be responsible for the killing.

Until Thursday, Trump and his top aides had been reluctant to criticize the Saudis over Khashoggi’s disappearance and the president even floated the possibility that “rogue killers” were responsible for the alleged attack.

The Hill has reached out to Castro’s office for comment.