CIA Director Gina Haspel To Brief Senators On Jamal Khashoggi Killing

Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama Bahrain Feb. 1 2015

A United States senator has attacked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - describing him as insane, dangerous, a wrecking ball, and "complicit in the murder" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told reporters after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel briefed a small group of senators. He emerged saying that, "if the crown prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes".

Haspel delivered a closed-door briefing to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees on the murder of Khashoggi on Tuesday morning.

Haspel's testimony has been regarded as key by senators sitting on the fence about condemning the Saudi leader, since it was she who traveled to Ankara to hear the recording by Turkish intelligence of Khashoggi's last moments.

"It's not a smoking gun, it's a smoking saw", 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.

"MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball [and] I think he is complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to the highest level possible". "It is zero chance - zero - that this happened without the crown prince... you have to be willfully blind" to believe he wasn't involved, Graham said. "Prince Mohammed. he really was the original El Chapo, literally", said Louisiana Senator John Kennedy on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump was under pressure for maintaining support for the murderous prince.

Corker also suggested that the briefing last week, which featured Pompeo and Mattis but not Haspel, was entirely misleading. 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 Wall Street Journal first reported that Haspel would conduct a briefing.

He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed.

US intelligence officials reportedly have concluded that the crown prince, known informally as "MBS", must have at least known of the plot. Graham added that his opinion on Saudi Arabia had changed and that he would no longer support the war in Yemen or arms sales between the US and the kingdom until the issue was addressed. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said.

Senate responds to Trump's support of Saudi Arabia with a bill that would pull USA support from Saudi-led forces fighting in Yemen; Lt. Col. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

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

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