Republicans not trusting CIA briefing over Khashoggi murder

The briefing of CIA director Gina Haspel on Tuesday in relation to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey went unsatisfactory.

Leading Republican senators are questioning on it saying it cannot be accepted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no involvement in the murder of Khashoggi.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Corker said there was zero question the Prince ordered brutal murder of the journalist.

Corker added the Prince had ordered and monitored the killing and he would have appeared in front of a jury, he would have been convicted in 30 minutes.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the Prince is crazy, dangerous and he does not support any more arms sales to the kingdom.

He was gesturing that briefing of Haspel would not win support for military aid to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Senator Rand Paul said the CIA has done wrong by concluding that Prince was not involved in the killing of Khashoggi.

The Trump administration has regularly maintained the stand that Saudi Arabia is a critical U.S. partner and together they are working for the stability in the region despite the aggressive behavior of the Saudis that include blockade of U.S. ally Qatar, detention of Lebanese PM Said Hariri, bombing campaign in Yemen and of course the recent murder of Khashoggi.

Paul Linus