CIA Director Gina Haspel briefs a select group of senators on Tuesday about the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and an important detail that conflates the Trump administration with the Senate Republicans – whether the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or was involved in the brutal murder plan.
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Your briefing could win the administration's victory Military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is supported, but the fact that it is limited to a smaller group has angered many senators, including the Republican allies by President Trump.
Haspel did not attend a classified briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia last week. Instead, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis informed all 1
The Senators were angry that Reel did not show up. They accused the White House of blocking them. Hours after this meeting, dissatisfied with the government's lack of answers and the staunch support of the Saudis despite the killing of Khashoggi, a majority of senators voted to push for this Yemeni resolution.
Now, before voting, the government sends Haspel to the Republican chairman and leading Democrats in major national security bodies – the Senate Armed Forces, Foreign Relations and US Senate intelligence agencies – and the intelligence services of the Subcommittee for external operations of the Central Committee.
It was not clear why the group was limited to eight senators.
"I think it would have been good to have the whole Senate," said Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican chairing the Foreign Affairs Committee. Corker voted to push the Yemen resolution to send a message to the White House and the Saudis, he said last week. However, he called on the government to provide answers so that the measure ultimately does not go away.
When asked why it was limited, Corker said, "I do not know."
The CIA declined to comment on Tuesday.
But President's Republican allies who were excluded were crying quickly. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Has blasted the movement as a sign of the "deep state", "tweet:" Why should not every senator know what's going on? The deep state wants everyone in the dark is just ridiculous! "
Want to know what the deep state is? The CIA director comes to the US Senate and informs only a select few members of the Senate. Why should not every senator know what's going on? The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. That's just ridiculous!
– Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) 4 December 2018
The Senate is likely to approve the Yemeni resolution next week, but a vote could already be taken on Thursday. Just eight months ago, the vote was rejected, but now the legislation has the backing of all Democrats and a handful of Republicans. The House blocked a similar law in mid-November, but if the Democrats take control in January, it is considered the highest priority.
Despite the Khudoggi being assassinated by the Saudis and other aggressive behaviors – their bombing in Yemen, the imprisonment of Lebanese Prime Minister Said Hariri, and their blockade of another US ally in Qatar – the Trump administration said the Saudis agree a critical US partner and a stable stronghold in the region.
This argument holds no more water in the Senate even for some Republicans in the Senate. Sensey Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday in which he said that Crown Prince Mohammed's actions "all show a staggering claim to arrogance and disregard international norms."
"If Saudi Arabia remains uncontrolled, Saudi Arabia's recent behavior will help Iran by leading a wedge between the US and our other Middle East allies." Lebanon, Jordan and others need to know that America does not bow to the whims of the Crown Prince, it is a demolition ball for relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, "he added.