C.I.A. briefing on Khashoggi solidifies Senators’ view of Prince Mohammed’s complicity

“A bipartisan group of senior senators on Tuesday said that a classified briefing by the C.I.A. director had only solidified their belief that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“Prince Mohammed ‘is a wrecking ball,’ Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel, the C.I.A. director. ‘I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible.’

“Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama and the Appropriations Committee chairman, echoed that ‘all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince.’

“’This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way,’ Mr. Shelby said.

“The clear and biting assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has steadfastly refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia’s leadership for the death of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident and Washington Post columnist. His killing sparked international outrage over the kingdom’s heavy-handed tactics and renewed attention to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.”

The article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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