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Senator on Saudi Prince: There Was a 'Smoking Saw'

After briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel, senators are convinced

(Newser) - Senators came out of a closed-door briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday with some pretty unequivocal opinions about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi's October death. What you need to know:
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker put it like so: "
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Senators Defy Trump on Saudi Arabia

Vote on Yemen was rebuke to president, Saudis

(Newser) - Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to US involvement in the Saudi-led war in... More »

Saudi Arabia Makes Huge Concession in Khashoggi Death

Public prosecutor says his death was a planned operation, after CIA chief hears audio

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's ever-changing explanation of Jamal Khashoggi's death just changed again in a huge way: The nation's public prosecutor said Thursday for the first time that Saudi agents killed the journalist as part of a planned mission, reports the Washington Post . But he apparently did not specify... More »

Saudi Prince's Day: A Jarring Handshake, Standing Ovation

'MBS' receives Khashoggi's son at palace, attends financial summit

(Newser) - A photo released by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday shows a striking handshake—one between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The crown prince is suspected of playing a role in the murder of Khashoggi , but he and his father, King Salman,... More »

Haspel Confirmed in Closest Vote for CIA Pick in 7 Decades

Both parties were split in Senate vote

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history. The 54-45 vote split both parties, with six Democrats... More »

Senate Panel Votes to Endorse Haspel as CIA Director

Full Senate will now vote on Haspel's confirmation

(Newser) - Gina Haspel won the endorsement of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, with the panel voting 10-5 to advance her nomination as CIA director to the full Senate. Haspel, who would be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and the second person to lead the agency after being... More »

After Letter, Haspel's Confirmation Looks Almost Certain

She wrote that CIA should not have conducted controversial interrogation program

(Newser) - Gina Haspel wouldn't come right out and say it during her public confirmation hearing last week , but in a new letter, she writes that the controversial post-9/11 detention and "enhanced" interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken." Haspel, President Trump's pick to... More »

Meghan McCain: 'These People Are Nothing Burgers'

Senator's daughter wonders why Kelly Sadler, who insulted her dad, still has a job

(Newser) - White House aide Kelly Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain Thursday to apologize for an insensitive remark she'd made about McCain's seriously ill father, Sen. John McCain, at an internal meeting of communications staffers earlier that day. Sadler's original comment, in response to John McCain saying he opposes... More »

Dick Cheney: What We Did Wasn't Torture

'If it were my call, I'd do it again'

(Newser) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the US should restart the harsh detention and interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, and called on the Senate to confirm CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Brutal interrogation practices are currently banned under US law, but debate on the issue has re-surfaced during... More »

White House Aide on McCain: 'He's Dying Anyway'

Insiders say staffer Kelly Sadler mocked his illness

(Newser) - There was "discomfort" during a closed-door White House meeting of communications staffers Thursday when special assistant Kelly Sadler made light of Sen. John McCain's terminal illness, sources tell the Hill. Sadler, discussing the Republican senator's opposition to Gina Haspel becoming CIA director , said: "It doesn't... More »

McCain Throws Possible Wrench Into CIA Vote

Former POW opposes Gina Haspel over her support of harsh interrogation

(Newser) - Gina Haspel's path to becoming the next CIA director must now overcome a late new hurdle from John McCain. The Arizona senator issued a statement Wednesday night urging his fellow senators to reject her because of her role in the agency's interrogation tactics under George W. Bush, reports... More »

9/11 Architect Has 6 Paragraphs of Information About Haspel

And more from Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing

(Newser) - President Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday—and the man behind the 9/11 attacks is hoping to weigh in. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, this week asked a military judge at Gitmo for permission to share six... More »

CIA Nominee Offered to Quit Over Interrogation Background

Gina Haspel's role in agency's past techniques has sparked controversy

(Newser) - Gina Haspel , President Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, offered to withdraw her nomination amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA. That's according to two senior administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity... More »

First Female Nominee to Lead CIA Has Controversial Resume

Gina Haspel has ties to agency's waterboarding program

(Newser) - With his decision to move CIA chief Mike Pompeo into the post of secretary of state, President Trump made a little history. He also nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo, thus setting her up to be the first woman to run the spy agency. The nomination must be confirmed by... More »

CIA's New No. 2 Ran a Secret Prison in Thailand

Gina Haspel is the first female to hold the position

(Newser) - Gina Haspel ran a "black site" CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were tortured—and now she's a step away from running the entire CIA. The veteran officer was named Thursday as deputy director, making her the first female spy to hold the No. 2 position, reports Reuters... More »

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