December 10, 2018

Central Intelligence Agency director to brief Senate leaders on Khashoggi death

04 December 2018, 09:24 | Darnell Patrick

Central Intelligence Agency director to brief Senate leaders on Khashoggi death

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

Graham's rage about the crown prince's involvement was shared by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

"MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball". Following the November 28 briefing, Pompeo and Mattis told reporters there was no direct evidence tying MBS to Khashoggi's murder.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief Senate leaders Tuesday, the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee said Monday.

"I went into the briefing believing it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the Crown Prince's knowledge", Graham added. "I think he is risky, and he has put the relationship at risk".

Khashoggi was killed October 2 in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork. If he was in front of a jury he would have a unanimous verdict in 30 minutes. Asked if he would be convicted of murder, the senator then answered: "Yes".

The Senate is due to vote in the coming days on a measure that would cut off USA military support for Saudi military operations in Yemen.

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.'

Bill Hemmer noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said there is no "smoking gun" proving bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Congress is looking for an "appropriate" response to Khashoggi's murder, but said the USA needs to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny that the crown prince was involved.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul voiced his frustration that "most rank-and-file senators and congressmen" were not invited to the meeting with Haspel.

"Were there text messages sent back from the killers to the crown prince's office?" Paul said that was the "wrong question" to ask.

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