United States senators: we're certain Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder

Leroy Wright
December 4, 2018

"I'm not going to be denied the ability to be briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency", said Graham, who added: "The question for me is whether or not the Central Intelligence Agency supports the conclusion with a high degree of confidence that the [Saudi] crown prince [Mohammed bin Salman} was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi".

"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Following the November 28 briefing, Pompeo and Mattis told reporters there was no direct evidence tying MBS to Khashoggi's murder.

Haspel will brief leaders of key Senate committees including Foreign Relations, Armed Services and the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, according to the source.

"Let me just put it this way". However, the CIA's findings have not been made public and President Trump has equivocated over who was to blame.

"I think the reason (Mattis and Pompeo) don't draw the conclusion that he's complicit is because the administration doesn't want to go down that road, not because there's not evidence to suggest he's complicit", Graham said.

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.'

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. Asked by a reporter if it would be a murder conviction, Corker replied "yes".

The Trump administration has so far pledged to remain a steadfast supporter of the Saudi government, including MBS, the country's de facto leader, despite the murder of Khashoggi.

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.

At the time, a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman denied that Haspel was told to stay away from the briefing.

Paul said if he was allowed into the secure room for the briefing, he'd ask Haspel - a Kentucky native - several other questions, including whether there were text messages sent from the killers to the crown prince's office.

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