The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘The Worst Cover-Up Ever’

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Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • President Donald Trump told reporters that the shifting Saudi claims surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are part of “the worst cover-up ever.” The administration also announced that the U.S. would revoke visas of certain Saudi officials in response to Khashoggi’s death.

  • In a public speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Saudi handling of Khashoggi’s death, asking them to disclose “on whose orders” 15 Saudi men, many of whom had connections to the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, were in Istanbul on the day Khashoggi was killed.

  • The Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office announced that it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the archdiocese of Washington.

  • Following diplomatic talks with Russia, National Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed Trump’s plan to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which Trump alleges the Russians have violated.

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the first woman to serve on the Court, announced that she is retiring from public life after being diagnosed with dementia.

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