Khashoggi murder: CIA Director Gina Haspel briefs senators on Khashoggi killing today

Marsha Scott
December 6, 2018

Corker, who is the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was among several lawmakers who expressed rage at Salman after a briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "is a wrecking ball".

Stewart's comments urging the keep its strategic interests in mind echoes previous statements made by President Donald Trump and his administration.

"If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a bad mistake", Trump said on November 20, when he released a lengthy statement.

Haspel was noticeably absent last week from an all-senators briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Saudi Arabia stressed that no members of the royal family, including the crown prince, were responsible for the killing. "I can foresee a circumstance where a bunch of amendments might be voted down and at some point, [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's] got to move to a vote on the underlying resolution", Murphy said.

Tuesday's briefing on Khashoggi's killing was limited to a small group of lawmakers, including those of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, Intelligence Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee.

Anyone who looked at the evidence would have to be "willfully blind" not to reach the conclusion that the killing was "orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS", as Salman is known, Graham said.

Saudi authorities have previously said the agents who killed Khashoggi exceeded their authority.

Last week, Canada also slapped 17 sanctions on Saudis who were involved in the murder. Graham, who threatened last week to withhold key votes until he received a briefing from Haspel.

Outspoken Senator Rand Paul warned America of the "growing Deep State" Tuesday; saying he was "blocked" from a Central Intelligence Agency briefing regarding the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"If he were in front of a jury, he would be convicted of murder in about 30 minutes", Corker said.

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Khashoggi was killed October 2 in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork.

"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".

Reasonable observers and analysts concluded weeks ago that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the gruesome killing of Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi.

Democrats provided similar reactions after the briefing, which was given to leaders of Senate committees that focus on national security.

US intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame.

The fierce spat between the White House and Congress has fueled new levels of support for a resolution that would demand an end to US involvement in the war in Yemen-a push that could trigger an unprecedented showdown over the USA government's authority to wage war.

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Corker is confident that the crown prince is culpable in the murder.

"I think he is complicit in the murder of Khashoggi in the highest possible level", said Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

It remains unclear whether Turkish prosecutors have found any new evidence that led them to believe that Asiri and al-Qahtani were responsible for the murder.

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