After hearing the testimony of CIA Director Gina Haspel, influential Republican senators say they are convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The information sent Tuesday by Ms Haspel to several Senate committees have obviously not dispelled the doubts of elected officials, even within the Republican camp, who criticized the diplomatic response of the Trump administration to Saudi Arabia and Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, nicknamed MBS.
Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee, was particularly scathing after the hour-long, closed meeting.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Crown Prince MBS ordered the murder, followed the evolution of the murder, knew exactly what was happening, planned it,” he said.
If he were before a jury, he would be sentenced in 30 minutes. Guilty.
The Trump administration’s assertion that there is no direct evidence of the Crown Prince’s involvement is “unacceptable,” he said.
Recently, the US president claimed that the intelligence service had “nothing absolutely certain”. “It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe, maybe not! “, He said in a statement released in November .
Seen as an ally of President Trump, Senator Lindsay Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, does not share the position of the White House.
“I think [Mohammed ben Salmane] is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi at the highest possible level,” he said.
“Not only is the evidence irrefutable, but it is sliced with a saw,” he said, referring to reports that the chronicler was dismembered with a bone saw after his murder. “You must be willingly blind” to not see it, he added.
Ms. Haspel did not respond to the invitation of senators, who heard from Secretaries of Defense, Jim Mattis, and Foreign Affairs, Mike Pompeo, in camera on November 28, about the information available to the administration. Donald Trump on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in early October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul .