ABC News reports:
Following a briefing to senators by CIA director Gina Haspel Tuesday on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi leading Republicans told reporters that there was “zero question” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal murder.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said “I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening. Planned it in advanced. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty,” Corker said.
Corker called the Trump administration’s claim that there is no direct evidence of the crown prince’s involvement “unacceptable.” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “It’s not a smoking gun, it’s a smoking saw.”
“You have to be willfully blind” to believe MBS didn’t orchestrate Khashoggi killing, @LindseyGrahamSC says. He says Pompeo being a “good soldier” last week when he said there was no direct evidence pic.twitter.com/AAsK7njr3O
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) December 4, 2018
After the briefing with the CIA director, Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s confident MBS is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. “There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 4, 2018
Lindsey Graham: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is a “wrecking ball” who’s “complicit in the murder” of Jamal Khashoggi to the “highest level possible.”
“Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs.” Via ABC. pic.twitter.com/0gnWIA2ka3
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 4, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “If John McCain were alive I believe he would be standing with me today, leading the charge to come down like a ton of bricks on the [Saudi] crown prince for what he’s done to the relationship, the way he’s destabilized the region” https://t.co/iZZbpgzx7c pic.twitter.com/amQo85UDmW
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 4, 2018
Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally.
The relationship is worth saving.
But not at all costs. https://t.co/SLRgiLBgKw
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 4, 2018
Sounds like Lindsey Graham is done with the Saudis – no arms sales, etc – as long as MBS is in power.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) December 4, 2018