Central Intelligence Agency chief to brief lawmakers on Khashoggi murder: senator

CIA Director to Brief Lawmakers on Saudi Journalist's Murder

GOP senators condemn Saudi crown prince for ordering Khashoggi killing

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, where he had gone to collect some papers in connection with his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

The CIA director briefed a small group of senators as they consider punishing America's Middle East ally.

TRT World's Sally Ayhan has more. In another explanation, a White House official said Haspel decided not to participate in part because of frustration with lawmakers leaking classified intelligence from such settings.

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.

CIA's decision to brief only select few members of the Senate is the work of "deep state" trying to keep everyone in the dark, a USA senator said on Tuesday.

Lindsey Graham of SC, the administration sent in CIA Director Gina Haspel to brief a select group of senators from key committees on the agency's findings about the Khashoggi killing. "I think there's a lot of interest in trying to push aside amendments to get to the final vote as quickly as possible on our side of the aisle, and you know, all we need is a little support from Republicans". "I think the behaviour before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing and i can not see him being a reliable partner to the U.S.".

U.S. media reports say the Central Intelligence Agency has evidence he exchanged messages with Saud al-Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said there is "zero chance" the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in "about 30 minutes".

After Haspel's briefing, the groundswell of certainty and disgust will likely complicate the administration's efforts to protect the prince and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers remain divided about how to respond.

Last week, senators received a briefing from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Haspel reportedly did not try to change the lawmakers' mind about the matter, yet the hearing led to a more outspoken stance from the senators.

"The views that I had before have only solidified", said Sen. They are also supporting legislation to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, which the Trump administration opposes.

Durbin joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a full-Senate briefing from Haspel. The visit was confirmed by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private session.

Trump has said it may never be known who was responsible for the killing, and in public comments - and a long and unusual statement last week - he reinforced the United States' long alliance with the Saudis.

Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork.

Now senators who believe even more strongly that Mohammed helped coordinate Khashoggi's killing will explore legislative options to punish Saudi Arabia, including bills or amendments that could withdraw USA support of Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, impose additional sanctions, or end weapons sales to the country.

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