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US senators blast Saudi prince after CIA briefing
    2018-12-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TWO key U.S. Republican senators said a Tuesday briefing by the CIA’s director only strengthened their conviction that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince directed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The explosive new declarations by members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s own party run counter to the White House narrative downplaying possible links between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) and the October killing of journalist and palace critic Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.

“I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told reporters after CIA director Gina Haspel briefed a small group of senators.

“If MBS were in front of a jury, he’d be convicted in less than 30 minutes,” Corker said, using the prince’s initials.

Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who has joined a growing collection of lawmakers urging the president to take a far tougher stance against Riyadh, also attended the hour-long closed-door briefing, and minced no words afterwards.

The crown prince is “crazy” and “a wrecking ball” who is “complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible,” Graham said in withering criticism of an American ally. “There’s not a smoking gun but a smoking saw.”

Democrats provided similar reactions after the briefing, which was given to leaders of Senate committees that focus on national security.

“I am now more convinced than I was before — and I was pretty convinced — that in fact the United States must have a strong response to both the war in Yemen as well as the killing” of Khashoggi, Senate Democrat Bob Menendez said. (SD-Agencies)

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