The Khashoggi Killing: US senators blame Mohammed bin Salman for death

CIA Director to Brief Lawmakers on Saudi Journalist's Murder

Haspel's briefing came about a week after Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo similarly failed to stave off outrage among leading lawmakers with their own briefing on U.S. -Saudi relations, urging them to vote down a resolution that would end support for the war against Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. "If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come I find it very hard to do business because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe and he has put the relationship at risk".

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

Khashoggi, a US -based Washington Post contributor who was a strong critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was murdered in October inside the Saudi consulate in Instanbul, Turkey.

Watch above, via CNN. "I think the behavior before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing, and I can not see him being a reliable partner to the United States".

Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika called off a meeting with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday because of ill health, the national news agency APS reported.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters after attending a closed-door briefing on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

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".

They said the "whole world is certain that he ordered a awful crime against the journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

The CIA has assessed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government.

Graham saying he'd question Pompeo's and Mattis's motives if this were a Democratic administration is a particularly striking statement - and one from someone who is a frequent Trump ally these days.

"We are so far up in the Saudi's business that we do what every administration has done, which is kowtow to this regime-which is so inappropriate given not only what happened with Khashoggi, but also what happened on 9/11", Kennedy argued. The CIA Director is coming to the US Senate and only briefing a select few members of the Senate. Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2 and never walked out.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and American resident, was murdered and dismembered minutes after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 - allegedly on orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish intelligence said that Khashoggi had been dismembered with...

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

Last week, a combination of Republican and Democratic senators voted, 63-37, to advance a resolution to end US support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

The Yemen legislation, which may face another procedural vote this week, could set up a bitter year-end Senate floor fight over United States war powers.

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