Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House 'hiding' what it knows about Khashoggi murder, USA senator says

White House 'hiding' what it knows about Khashoggi murder, USA senator says

CIA Director Gina Haspel is set to brief senators on details of the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a report said Monday.

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

Graham was expected to attend Tuesday's meeting, along with the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and intelligence panels and a few others.

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

The briefing included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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

Khashoggi was killed October 2 in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he has zero doubt in his mind that Prince Mohammed ordered and monitored the killing of Khashoggi.

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.'

US intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince, known informally as "MBS", must have at least known of the plot.

Some senators were frustrated that they were not invited to the briefing with Haspel.

Last week, U.S. senators moved forward with a resolution to end United States support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, a historic step that was widely seen as a rebuke to Trump's unwavering support for the Saudis.

"The intelligence agencies do things, conclude things. but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this", Paul said. Was there a phone conversation between the crown prince and the killers?

"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.

USA media reports say the Central Intelligence Agency has evidence he exchanged messages with Saud al-Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder.

Paul said Mattis and Pompeo need to be asked a different, more specific question: "Do you absolutely disagree with the CIA's conclusion?"

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