‘A Smoking Saw’: US Senators Leave CIA Briefing Convinced MBS Killed Khashoggi

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

‘A Smoking Saw’: US Senators Leave CIA Briefing Convinced MBS Killed Khashoggi

Leading US senators say they are more certain than ever Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after they received a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.

"There's not a smoking gun but a smoking saw", Graham added. "There's a smoking saw".

Graham was just one of several senators, Republican and Democrat, who delivered blistering attacks on Saudi Arabia and the crown prince following the closed-door briefing.

The sharp response from prominent Senate Republicans will increase the pressure on President Trump, who has defended the crown prince and the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia.

After being subjected to massive worldwide pressure, Saudi officials admitted the death of Khashoggi was a premeditated murder.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) claimed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be convicted of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in "30 minutes" if there were a jury trial.

Tuesday's briefing comes as the Senate weighs punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Trump vowed not to listen to the audio evidence revealing the gruesome murder of Khashoggi. Frustrated with the administration's response, senators voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

"It is zero chance - zero - that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince", he 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 Kentucky lawmaker was excluded from a group on Tuesday that met with CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Republican senators emerged from a briefing today about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing and essentially accused the Trump Administration of misleading the USA about it - and even covering it up for Saudi Arabia.

Ms Haspel annoyed Senators last week when she failed to appear before them when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed the issue.

When asked whether there was a difference in the message about Mohammed's culpability, Corker compared it to the "difference between darkness and sunshine".

Senator Corker said it would be "difficult" to come up with legislation that could pass the Senate.

Graham and Paul, who frequently find themselves at odds, are also aligned this time in wanting the Senate to adopt a resolution tying the Saudi prince with Khashoggi's killing.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubts over the USA intelligence agency's assessment, however, while Saudi officials have repeatedly denied that the crown prince had any knowledge of Khashoggi's murder or its subsequent cover-up.

He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed.

The Yemen legislation could set up a bitter year-end Senate floor fight over USA war powers.

Latest News