Dems want full Senate briefed on Khashoggi death


Earlier today, Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel's held a briefing discussing the matter, which resulted in several Republican Senators, including Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) declaring they have no doubts that Khashoggi's murder was ordered Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince. "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.

Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shook his head no, when asked if he thought Haspel's briefing had changed any minds. "It's a smoking saw", Graham told reporters, referring to the bone saw allegedly used by Saudi authorities to dismember the journalist.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "There's not a smoking gun but a smoking saw".

"If we don't stop it now, it gets worse later", Graham said, adding that MBS has been a "wrecking ball" the Middle East.

"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".

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With many senators furious about being excluded from the briefing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded Haspel "brief the full Senate without delay".

Last week's vote set up debate on Senate passage of the Yemen resolution, which could happen next week.

A Turkish court issued arrest warrants for former Saudi Deputy Foreign Intelligence Chief Gen. Ahmed Asiri and Royal Court Adviser Saud Al-Qahtani over their roles in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Corker said it's going to be hard to determine what measure the Senate can pass with overwhelming support.

Senators, however, were divided as to what steps to take next, following a stinging vote last week to consider a measure cutting off U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia's campaign.

The United States now provides arms shipments and logistical support including intelligence and targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries.

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Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Haspel's absence "a cover-up". The Senate voted 63-37 to pass the procedural vote, which will set up a floor debate on the resolution next week.

After last week's hearing, lawmakers complained that Trump - who touts arms deals to the Saudis as one of the reasons he doesn't want to ruffle the regime's feathers - was withholding information about the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

The comments come ahead of a briefing expected to be held next Thursday by Trump administration officials, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis, to the House of Representative, according to Reuters.

After the briefing with Haspel, South Carolina Republican Sen.

Senator Graham is also introducing a separate resolution to officially blame the Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's death. "That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today".

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