Dems want full Senate briefed on Khashoggi death


"There is zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through", Corker said Tuesday after the closed-door briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel and a handful of senators. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes".

Murphy, D-Conn., on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", said the two officials had been placed "in a bad spot", during the all-senators briefing by President Donald Trump's "maybe he did, maybe he didn't" position on whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder.

The senator said there was indeed a "smoking saw" - a reference to the reported bonesaw that was brought to dismember Khashoggi - and that Pompeo was being a "good soldier" by toeing the Administration's line.

The CIA has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's killing, according to a senior U.S. official and a source familiar with the matter.

The briefing will take place after the Central Intelligence Agency was excluded last week when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke with senators about the journalist's killing.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is "zero chance" the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death.

"I went into the briefing believing it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the Crown Prince's knowledge", Graham added.

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Stewart has been briefed on information related to the Khashoggi killing that has not yet been made public.

Senators, however, were divided as to what steps to take next, following a stinging vote last week to consider a measure cutting off USA military aid to Saudi Arabia's campaign. But it is not expected to deter Senate Democrats - or the handful of Republicans who say Saudi Arabia should be rebuked - from supporting the Yemen resolution beyond its next step, a vote expected to take place in the next few days.

"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals", Reuters quoted one Turkish official as saying on December 5.

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Khalid's return to the US comes just one day after a closed US Senate briefing by Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel.

"While I will not discuss the content of the Haspel briefing, it reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", the New York Democrat said. Trump said. "That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi".

The CIA has evidence that the crown prince exchanged 11 messages with Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder, just before and after it took place, according to United States media, including The Wall Street Journal.

Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.

Thus, every time the White House tries to put the matter to rest, it only appears to inflame the issue, which is also fueling support for a push to end US involvement in the war in Yemen.

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Graham, a confidant of Trump, had said he would refuse to support "any key vote" until Haspel spoke to lawmakers.