CIA Director to Brief Lawmakers on Khashoggi Murder
The Wall Street Journal published on Monday that the council leaders will meet the CIA director, Gina Haspel. She will provide them with information regarding the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist.
Last week the senators had a meeting with the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Defense secretary, Jim Mattis. However, the CIA could not attend, so it will conduct a briefing session on Tuesday, 4th December.
No additional data could be found about the briefing because the CIA did not spill anything.
The bureau seems to be highly confident that the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. On 2nd October, he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a group of Saudis.
Khashoggi was a skilled journalist who wrote for The Washington Post. He had been residing in the U.S. for the past few years. In his writings, he portrayed his viewpoint on the politics of Saudi Arabia and his criticism for the Crown Prince.
According to the Journal, the Post, and the New York Times, the CIA holds proofs against the Crown Prince. The agency found 11 messages between Prince Muhammad and his close ally Saud al-Qahtani. He was the one who supervised the assassination throughout the plan.
As per the New York Times, the CIA director went mad after knowing that their findings were disclosed. Due to this, the White House was forced to act against the Middle East. The U.S. is already in a complex situation with Riyadh. Therefore, President Donald Trump has refused to believe the CIA’s findings. He said that there is no direct proof that the Crown Prince was involved in the murder.
Trump is reported to have said on November 20 that maybe the Prince just happened to know about the woeful incident.