After CIA briefing, senators blame Saudi crown prince in journalist's death

After CIA briefing, senators blame Saudi crown prince in journalist's death

After CIA briefing, senators blame Saudi crown prince in journalist's death

There was "zero question" that the young prince was behind the assassination, according to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee.

Haspel will brief the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees, the source said, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee already had been briefed by the CIA chief.

Senators from both parties were angry last week that Haspel didn't attend a closed-door session with top administration officials about Khashoggi's killing and the USA response, which many senators have said is lacking.

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS", Republican Sen.

The Saudi position has been that the 15 assassins who traveled to Istanbul on October 2 and murdered Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate were rogue operatives acting without the knowledge of the crown prince or the king. Trump is also very hesitant to ruin the U.S.'s relationship with the Saudis. Sen.

The intelligence community, which President Trump has continued to ignore, concluded that Crown Prince bin Salman personally ordered Khashoggi's murder.

"I left the briefing with high confidence that my initial confidence is correct", Graham told reporters after exiting the 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.'

They said the "whole world is certain that he ordered a bad crime against the journalist Jamal Khashoggi". In an interview with CNN last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said they had no direct evidence to prove Prince Mohammed was behind the murder.

The president has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the USA and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

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. Trump said in a statement on 20 November. "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".

Still, the agency later agreed to do an additional briefing with a select group of senators. "CIA Director Haspel should brief the full Senate without delay".

But, Stewart said, the United States has to continue relationships with those countries.

Corker called on US President Donald Trump to strongly condemn Saudi Arabia for the journalist's murder and make sure that those responsible are held accountable, Reuters reported. "We're with Saudi Arabia". The House hasn't moved on the issue, and Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".

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