'Not a Smoking Gun...A Smoking Saw': Senators Convinced on Khashoggi Killing
- After Tuesday's briefingby CIA Director Gina Haspel,
senators are more convinced than ever
that Saudi Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman
is responsible for the murder
of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was last seen walking into the
Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.
The CIA believes a Saudihit squad killed him there
on the Crown Prince's instructions.
One of them reportedly using a bone saw.
The White House is refusing to pin
the blame on the Crown Prince.
Apparently afraid of damaging relations.
- We have no smoking gun thatthe Crown Prince was involved.
- [Dale] But after Tuesday's CIA briefing
Republican SenatorLindsey Graham disagreed.
- There's not a smokinggun there's a smoking saw.
You have to be willfullyblind not to come to
the conclusion that this wasorchestrated and organized
by people under the command of MBS.
- I have zero question in my mind that the
Crown Prince MBS ordered thekilling, monitored the killing,
knew exactly what washappening, planned it advance.
If he was in front of a jury he would be
convicted in 30 minutes, guilty.
- [Dale] The killing has become a major
diplomatic problem for the White House.
Militarily, Saudi Arabiais a staunch ally,
and a buffer againstIranian military expansion.
A major arms sale to theSaudis is also in offing.
The Senate could voteto end that arms sale,
or end US support for SaudiArabia's war in Yemen.
So far, President Trump hasgiven the Saudi Crown Prince
the benefit of the doubt about his role.
- I don't know, but whether he did
or whether he didn't hedenies it vehemently.
- [Dale] And a Saudispokesperson tweeted Tuesday,
We categorically rejectany accusations purportedly
linking the Crown Princeto this horrific incident.
But the evidence shown tosenators indicates otherwise,
and there is now increasedpressure on the White House
to admit that the CrownPrince is responsible.
Dale Hurd, CBN News.