Dems Want Full Senate Briefed On Khashoggi Death

December 04, 2018 - 6:57 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) — Democratic leaders say CIA Director Gina Haspel should give the full Senate the same briefing they received on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Haspel gave a classified briefing to a small, bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday. The senators who attended said it left them even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi's death.

“If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes guilty,” said Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said every senator "should hear what I heard this afternoon."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called excluding senators from the briefing the "definition of the deep state."

CBS News White House correspondent Steve Dorsey explained that the senators strongly believe the CIA’s assessment was spot on in their investigation.

Even Republican Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said it's clear from the CIA's assessment and from that briefing by Haspel that Salman not only orchestrated that killing but monitored that that killing as well, Dorsey reported.

President Donald Trump has equivocated over who is to blame for Khashoggi's death. That has frustrated senators who are now looking for ways to punish Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.