Central Intelligence Agency director briefs senators on journalist Khashoggi's death

Charlene Craig
December 6, 2018

19 Oct Saudi Arabia confirmed that Khashoggi was killed in the Consulate of the country in Istanbul.

"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 be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe", he said.

Panelist and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, a former colleague of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was allegedly murdered at the order of the Saudi crown prince, interjected with his perspective.

The senators spoke to reporters as they left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel.

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

However, several reports have suggested that the Saudi prince was involved in the murder.

Speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, a senior Turkish official familiar with the investigation said the arrest warrants reflect Turkey's view that Saudi Arabia won't hold the suspects accountable. He sharply criticized the crown prince saying that there is a zero chance that he wasn't involved and stressed that the United States can not do business as usual with people like him, who is nothing but insane.

Graham, who was one of the sponsors of Wednesday's U.S. Senate resolution and has become one of the president's most vocal allies, said there may not be a "smoking gun", but that there was a "smoking saw", a reference to a bone saw that investigators said was used to cut up Khashoggi's body. According to Republican senators Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, of all people, the evidence tying the Saudi Crown Prince to the journalist's killing is undeniable.

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Making some of their strongest accusations so far, both Republicans and Democrats said they still want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi. "His status as such remains unchanged", the official said.

Cavusoglu also criticised the lack of evidence given to Turkey by Riyadh as he urged the kingdom to be "transparent".

The U.S. has slapped sanctions on Saudis involved in the murder.

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Two-time Oscar victor Sean Penn was in Istanbul on Wednesday filming a documentary about the murder, Anadolu reported, sharing images of the American actor outside the consulate.

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