Administration Blocks Gina Haspel’s Testimony

The Senate will not be allowed to hear CIA Director Gina Haspel or any other intelligence official’s insight into U.S. journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s murder.

Shortly after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi operatives, CIA Director Gina Haspel was permitted to listen to audio recordings of the incident by the Turkish government along with other world leaders.

The news came just before today’s closed-door debriefing on U.S.-Saudi relations in the Senate, spearheaded by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The debriefing precedes a vote that could finally put an end to U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen which has killed tens of thousands of people, 85,000 of which were children who starved to death.

Children in Yemen continue to die at a rate of one every 10 minutes due to acute malnutrition and starvation as well as disease.

While U.S. military support for the military campaign has been ongoing, the administration only came under pressure over the issue following Khasoggi’s death, which shed an international light on the inhumane tactics employed by the Saudi regime both at home and abroad.

Frustration with both the Saudi regime as well as the president himself have been growing steadily as Khashoggi’s body remains to be found and Trump continues to choose Saudi weapons sales over justice and decency.

Turkish officials recently searched villas south of Istanbul owned by prominent Saudis in the quest to uncover Khashoggi’s remains, including the home of Mohammed Ahmed Al Fauzan, an influential businessman said to have a close relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump has also come under scrutiny for his and his son-in-law’s connections to bin Salman — better known as MBS.

Jared Kushner has fostered a close relationship with MBS, who almost certainly ordered Khashoggi’s death, and his father-in-law has repeatedly bragged about both his financial and personal ties to influential Saudis.

Kushner was accused in a report yesterday by ABC News of urging the White House to inflate the numbers of a potential weapons deal with the regime, pushing for a whopping $110 billion as opposed to the $15 billion proposal thought by officials to be more realistic.

Furthermore, in a decision that can only be called malicious, House Republicans recently acted to shield current funding for the devastating conflict that has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

In equally discouraging news, the U.S. delegation to the U.N. has blocked a resolution on a ceasefire in Yemen, apparently in response to the president’s fears of jeopardizing weapons sales profits.

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow the results of today’s vote.

If you would like to support the victims of the war in Yemen, please consider donating to the Yemen Peace Project.


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