CIA Director Haspel to Brief Senate Leaders on Khashoggi's Death

CIA Director Gina Haspel departs the Capitol Rotunda after visiting the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in Washington

At the G20 Summit in Argentina, Erdogan criticised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for offering an "unbelievable explanation" on Khashoggi's killing that denied any Saudi official role.

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.

"Guilty", Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who now chairs the Foreign Relations committee, said after the briefing.

"There's not a smoking gun", said Graham, who then referred to reports that the Saudi team included a forensic expert who arrived with equipment to dismember Khashoggi's body.

The clear and biting assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has steadfastly refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia's leadership for the death of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist. There's a smoking saw- Sen.

Haspel spoke only to Senate leaders and the heads of national security committees with an interest in Saudi policy regarding Yemen and the intelligence surrounding Khashoggi's killing, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

"We know he monitored it", added Tennessee GOP Sen.

Asiri and al-Qahtani were sacked from their positions, according to a statement released on October 20.

"Somebody should be punished, but the question is: How do you separate the Saudi crown prince from the nation itself?"

They say Gina Haspel is to talk to Senate leaders leaders on Tuesday.

Outspoken Senator Rand Paul warned America of the "growing Deep State" Tuesday; saying he was "blocked" from a Central Intelligence Agency briefing regarding the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He said it seemed as though the White House's response to the Khashoggi killing was that "you can kill a journalist". 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.

In a statement attempting to clarify his comments later in the day, Stewart said: "We can not brush aside the murder of any journalist, and I have always said that those who are responsible for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi should be held responsible".

Making some of their strongest accusations so far, both Republicans and Democrats said they still want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

Under mounting pressure from lawmakers who wanted action against Riyadh, Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told senators there was no direct evidence linking the crown prince to the murder.

After the briefing with Haspel, South Carolina Republican Sen.

The war is widely seen as a stalemate and Yemen, an impoverished country even in times of peace, is suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Senator Graham is also introducing a separate resolution to officially blame the Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's death.

"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in the statement.

Graham (R-S.C.) said that the October killing of Khashoggi could not have taken place without MBS knowing about it.

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