CIA director Gina Haspel is on his way to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to summon a limited group of senior…
CIA director Gina Haspel is on his way to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to summon a limited group of senior senators on the role of Saudi officials in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to senior senate assistants with knowledge of the matter.
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It was not clear why the group was limited to only eight senators.
“I think it would be good to have the whole senate,” said Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. When asked why it was limited, Corker said, “I do not know.”
The hate appearance comes one week after her absence at an all-senator’s briefed briefing on the case, a four-star issue in the Capitol. Senators on both sides were furious, blaming the White House to keep Haspel back, with a normally serious Trump ally, Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, threatening to keep an annual government budget report until he received a CIA briefing on the journalist’s murder .
White House and CIA denied that the director was handcuffs from attending.
Instead of Haspel last week, the members of Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Defense Minister Jim Mattis heard, both of them said there were no “direct “evidence suggesting that Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is known for, to Khashoggi, this despite a CIA assessment that, according to the perception, states that MBS probably ordered the killing.
President Corker said he believes the majority of senators believe in the CIA assessment and are prepared to act legally to punish the young crown prince.
A number of senators are looking to promote a two-party military power resolution that tries to withdraw US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen as a means of sending a signal to the empire. Corker said the action could be taken by the Senate already on Thursday, but he said he thought it was more likely that more time was spent for Senate leaders to find out how the debate will develop.
The chairman said he is still concerned that the measure may have unintended consequences, and he looks at “How do we end up in a place – in the end, we have done something good for our country?”
Then. John Cornyn, R-TX, said he did not see a need for CIA briefing on Tuesday and added, “(Haspel) has no access to any intelligence that Pompeo and Mattis do not have in other words, they have access to the same thing , so I’m not exactly sure what purpose this serves. “
President Trump has questioned the CIA assessment and issued unsuccessful support for the saudis in an extra statement last week.