USA lawmakers on Tuesday heard the CIA's assessment about Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi first hand from the agency's director, who confirmed and affirmed what they have long suspected. Numerous lawmakers to meet with Haspel already seemingly made up their minds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi's murder.
The CIA has concluded that Mohammed probably ordered the killing, based in part on intercepted communications involving him and a key aide, who is alleged to have overseen the team that killed the journalist inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October, according to people familiar with the matter.
"There's not a smoking gun but a smoking saw", Graham added.
Unconvinced by them and incensed by the administration's refusal to send the Central Intelligence Agency director to the hearing, Republicans and Democrats had joined hands to vote to bring to a legislative measure halting USA support to the Saudi-led ruling forces in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthis.
"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through".
With many senators furious about being excluded from the briefing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded Haspel "brief the full Senate without delay".
"The views that I had before have only solidified", said Sen. The senators who attended the briefing did not disclose what Haspel presented to them.
After the briefing with Haspel, South Carolina Republican Sen.
Haspel was not present last week during a briefing on Saudi Arabia by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, "I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince's knowledge". "Saudi Arabia makes billions and billions of dollars off of oil".
Corker said senators are trying to figure out how to amend the resolution, which directs the president to remove most USA armed forces from hostilities affecting Yemen.
"If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a bad mistake", Trump said on November 20, when he released a lengthy statement.
Rand Paul issued a rhetorical broadside against the "deep state" this week for freezing him out of a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Questioning Trump is not unprecedented for Republicans in Congress; the fact that they are going there on Pompeo and even Mattis, who is perhaps the most bipartisan figure in the Administration, shows the severe degree of concern about the lack of consequences. The Senate ultimately passed that measure by a very wide margin, and debate on the resolution itself is expected to begin soon. The Saudi public prosecutor has indicted and charged dozens of Saudi citizens, including several top advisers to the crown prince, in the affair.