Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel to brief Senate on Khashoggi killing

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

Senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel say they are even more convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening", Sen.

Khashoggi was killed - and then dismembered by a bone saw - in October at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul by a hit squad sent by bin Salman, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded.

"There's not a smoking gun; there's a smoking saw", Graham, R-S.C., told reporters following a closed-door briefing of senators by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday. Asked if he would be convicted of murder, the senator then answered: "Yes".

Haspel is also expected to brief leaders and top committee members of the House within the next two weeks on Khashoggi's killing, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters.

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.

He argued that Pompeo and Mattis needed to be asked specifically if they disagreed with the CIA's conclusion there was "no smoking gun" to link the crown prince to the murder, as Mattis has claimed.

The Republican lawmaker then insisted that the Saudis will be held "accountable, including the crown prince, for whatever action he may have been involved with" - just before implying that the US must remain closely allied withSaudis because of the their role in the Yemen civil war.

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.'

By contrast, US President Donald Trump's position, as summarized in his statement the following Tuesday, has been to take the crown prince at his word.

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

"I went in believing the crown prince was directly responsible or at least complicit in this and my feelings were strengthened by the information we were given", Durbin said.

Soon after that briefing, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, senators voted overwhelmingly to advance a resolution to cut American military assistance to Saudi Arabia.

Durbin joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a full-Senate briefing from Haspel. "Looking the other way is not appropriate but a complete fracture with Saudi Arabia in my view is not in our best interest long term".

Graham wrote in the Journal that "it is important for Congress to signal that there is no excuse for recent Saudi behavior". "Of course it does, and yet we have to have a relationship with these individuals- or with these countries". He said, while also noting, "We're with Saudi Arabia".

That reluctance to blame the crown prince has enraged some Republicans.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered.

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