Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel to brief US Senate leaders on Khashoggi's death

05 December, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening", said Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.

"If MBS were in front of a jury he'd be convicted in less than 30 minutes". Graham, who threatened last week to withhold key votes until he received a briefing from Haspel.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is "zero chance" the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death. Mattis said there was no "smoking gun" implicating the Saudi crown prince.

After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination in the Istanbul consulate on October 2, Trump issued a statement saying US-Saudi relations and oil market stability were too important to rock over the scandal.

The unusual vote came shortly after a briefing by Mr Trump's Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, who urged senators not to do anything to undermine the US-Saudi relationship.

"It would be much better if the Commander in Chief would stand up to the free world and say we don't the condone killing of journalists", Corker said.

Graham was just one of several senators, Republican and Democrat, who delivered blistering attacks on Saudi Arabia and the crown prince following the closed-door briefing.

Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'

Responding on "Outnumbered Overtime", Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said sanctions must be passed by Congress against Saudi Arabia and MBS should not be invited to global events like last week's G-20 in Argentina.

National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared uninterested last week in an audio recording of the killing that Turkish investigators shared with the US intelligence community.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that "no response is certainly not appropriate".

Saudi Arabia maintains the crown prince did not know anything about the murder, which it claims was an accident. Trump has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices. The senator had previously said he would refuse to take a position on the question before hearing Haspel's testimony on the spy agency's findings, which differ from the positions voiced by the Trump administration.

"And yet we have to have a relationship with these individuals or with these countries".

"This is the very definition of the deep state", Paul told Fox News. Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".


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