Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel to brief Senate on Khashoggi killing

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Tuesday's briefing comes as the Senate weighs punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. Bob Maginnis weighs in.

Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wouldn't last very long in a court of law if he ever stood trial for Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder ... zero question", Corker said.

Khashoggi, a USA -based Washington Post contributor who was a strong critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was murdered in October inside the Saudi consulate in Instanbul, Turkey. Lindsey Graham after the meeting, referring to the grisly conclusion that the journalist's body had been cut up with a bone saw after his death.

The explosive new declarations by members of President Donald Trump's party run counter to the White House narrative downplaying possible links between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the October killing of journalist and palace critic Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

The Guardian UK reports that the lawmakers came to the conclusion after emerging from a classified briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis led the earlier briefing and tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with a resolution to curtail USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. "You have to balance all of those considerations as we move forward on this". The vote last week allowed the Senate to debate the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say.

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.'

"If they were in a Democratic administration", Graham said of Pompeo and Mattis, "I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia".

On Tuesday Graham swatted their assessment aside. "But not at all costs". It was shown to the jury during Guzman's trial there and filed as evidence by the US government.

The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

"If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a bad mistake", Trump said on November 20, when he released a lengthy statement. "CIA Director Haspel should brief the full Senate without delay".

"And yet we have to have a relationship with these individuals or with these countries".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is driven to a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister upon the crown prince's arrival in Algiers, Algeria, on December 2. "Was there a phone conversation between the crown prince and the killers?" said Paul, about what he would have asked the Central Intelligence Agency director had he been allowed into the briefing.

"And the second thing is what is in the best interest of the United States and this is a very, very hard challenge because we have to, on one hand, hold them accountable, including the crown prince, for whatever action he may be involved with", the Utah congressman said. Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".

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