Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel to brief Senate on Khashoggi killing

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Prince Mohammed, who has been making his first foreign tour since the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, held talks instead with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, Algeria's presidency said. "There's not a smoking gun but a smoking saw".

The senator said there was indeed a "smoking saw" - a reference to the reported bonesaw that was brought to dismember Khashoggi - and that Pompeo was being a "good soldier" by toeing the Administration's line.

He said he would prefer to pass a separate bill to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia, military aid for the war in Yemen and impose sanctions on those responsible for individuals responsible for human rights abuses.

The CIA reportedly believes Prince Mohammed is responsible, as do many U.S. politicians, but not President Donald Trump.

Mr Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote for the Washington Post, had been a fierce critic of the crown prince before his death.

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., an outspoken critic of President Trump and his response to Khashoggi's killing, stressed, "If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes".

Pompeo and Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

But President Donald Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have argued that Washington should not take action that would risk its relationship with Riyadh, which is viewed as an important counterweight to Iran in the Middle East. They are also supporting legislation to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, which the Trump administration opposes.

"It's not in our interests to give the crown prince. a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children", Graham said.

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.'

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

Last week, Haspel did not attend a briefing about Khashoggi's killing that was given to all senators by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

USA intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame.

But, Stewart said, the United States has to continue relationships with those countries.

When asked if he thought Haspel's briefing had changed any minds, Sen.

The Senate could take a vote on proceeding to the Yemen resolution next week.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a staunch ally of Trump, supports a Senate rebuke of the Saudi government, despite the Trump administration's reluctance to do it.

"This is a very, very hard challenge because we have to, on one hand, hold them accountable - including the crown prince for whatever action he may have been involved with", Stewart added. The Senate voted last week to debate the USA assistance, and additional Senate action is expected in the coming days.

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