CIA Director Gina Haspel was finally permitted to debrief the Senate behind closed doors regarding the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
And it appears that what she had to say had a powerful effect on everyone present, regardless of party affiliation.
Since the debriefing, multiple lawmakers have gone on the record saying they believe Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both ordered and monitored Khashoggi’s murder.
“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw. It is zero chance — zero — that this happened without the crown prince.” — Senator Lindsey Graham
Up to this point, the Saudi regime has maintained the claim that the murder was carried out by government officials acting independently of the crown prince.
The president has also insisted on defending bin Salman, known as MBS, saying, “maybe he did it and maybe he didn’t.”
“I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening. If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty. So the question is, ‘What do we do about that?'” — Senator Bob Corker
The news comes shortly after a historic vote in the Senate breaking with the administration and moving to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The CIA report confirming that MBS was indeed behind the murder prompted multiple countries to withdraw their support for the war, but the U.S. has thus far persisted in its support.
While last week’s Senate vote was historic, it was only a procedural vote, meaning there is still a long road ahead before support is formally withdrawn.
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