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

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Corker added that the prince "ordered, monitored, the killing" of the father of four. "In front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes". He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the USA and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

"If our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a United States resident, why shouldn't the public know this?" he said.

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.

"Somebody should be punished", said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama.

"Until now, we have patiently requested information about the investigations in Saudi Arabia but unfortunately we haven't received any information".

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder ... zero question", Corker said. How the legislative push gets resolved is uncertain, but the floor fight could begin as soon as Monday - and put the administration on the defensive. "Now's the time to come down hard", he said.

USA 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.

"We're insulted by that, and I just think we need to be candid about what we're doing and not doing", Kaine said.

Pompeo urged senators last week to maintain America's increasingly contentious support for the Saudi coalition, arguing that pulling back would worsen the brutal Yemen conflict. His administration has downplayed possible links between the crown prince and what happened to Jamal Khashoggi.

Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel to brief Senate on Khashoggi killing
Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered. Asked if he would be convicted of murder, the senator then answered: "Yes".

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, meanwhile, blamed the lack of information on the supposed "Deep State", rather than on the administration.

There, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced sanctions targeting 17 people "responsible for or complicit in" Khashoggi's murder.

The CIA has evidence that the crown prince exchanged 11 messages with Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder, just before and after it took place, according to USA media, including The Wall Street Journal. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said.

Despite denials by Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's reputation has been tarnished, with U.S. senators pointing the finger at the crown prince after a Central Intelligence Agency briefing Tuesday. It's not clear whether Haspel will be there, the aide said.

One senator is complaining about having been excluded from the briefing. Sen.

"And I think you can conclude that without having been in that briefing or without sitting on the intelligence committee the way I do", he said.

"If John McCain were alive I believe he would be standing with me today, leading the charge to come down like a ton of bricks on the crown prince for what he's done to the relationship, the way he's destabilized the region", he told reporters on Tuesday.

Their position contradicted that of Trump who has been more neutral over who was responsible for Khashoggi's death. "There's not a smoking gun; there's a smoking saw".

But "the brutality of this murder is beyond my sharing it with you", Graham said. "That's what the Senate needs help on, and I am open to all suggestions on how to do that". The briefing included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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