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

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

"It is outrageous that the White House is still hiding what they know about the Khashoggi murder from Congress", he tweeted.

Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said this is "the very definition of the deep state".

She was absent from last week's briefing by the secretaries of state and defence, angering some in Congress.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis led the earlier briefing and tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with a resolution to curtail USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The CIA director met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees.

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.'

Pompeo and Mattis have said there is no "direct evidence" or "smoking gun" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi's murder.

The move comes after USA senators demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on Khashoggi's killing in Turkey, and whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia issued the kill order. Senators have moved to punish Saudi Arabia by advancing legislation to curtail USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. 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.

"The CIA director's coming to Capitol Hill today, and I'm still being excluded from hearing or seeing the evidence of the crown prince's involvement", Paul said. "Was there a phone conversation between the crown prince and the killers?" the United States senator asked.

Over the weekend, the WSJ also reported that the crown prince sent at least 11 messages to Saoud al-Qahtani, his closest adviser who oversaw the team that killed Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist's death in October, according to a highly classified Central Intelligence Agency assessment seen by the U.S. newspaper.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Paul ranted about being denied a briefing with Haspel the latest developments in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's death. He referred to the reports that the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded with high confidence MBS was involved. There's communication directly from the killers back to the crown prince's office.

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