Khashoggi murder: Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel 'to brief Congress'

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2018

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MBS (as the prince is known) and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr Khashoggi", Graham said.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong-and that MBS himself did not order the killing.

He minced no words afterwards, saying he believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is "a wrecking ball" who is "complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible".

Bob Corker says a jury would convict MBS of murder in 30 minutes.

He went on to suggest that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis were being "technical" "good soldiers" for the goals of the Trump administration.

Some lawmakers were angry Haspel did not participate in a Senate briefing by Trump administration officials last week on Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia, for its part, had initially denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance but claimed via state media in October that Khashoggi had been strangled in a fistfight with 15 men sent to confront him at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Graham has also pushed for the Magnitsky Act sanctions issued against the 15 assassins to be extended to the crown prince as well.

In a column for the Wall Street Journal today, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for global norms.

CIA Director to Brief Lawmakers on Saudi Journalist's Murder

Senators would not describe the evidence presented by Haspel.

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency will now brief Congress on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, USA media say.

Echoing his GOP colleague following the Central Intelligence Agency briefing, Sen.

Pompeo and Mattis are now expected to give a briefing to the House on Yemen and Saudi Arabia on December 13, ahead of a Democratic takeover of the House in January following the party's gains in the midterm elections. That's not the way it should be. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

As Common Dreams reported, the Senate last week advanced Sen.

Mr Menendez has previously called for a strong United States reaction to Mr Khashoggi's death and supports legislation to end all USA support for the Saudi coalition embroiled in the Yemen war.

After that briefing, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. 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.

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