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

After briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel, senators are convinced
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2018 1:54 PM CST
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, speaks to reporters after a closed-door security briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the slaying of Saudi journalist...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(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: "If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes."
  • NPR points out that when senators were briefed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, Mattis said there was no "smoking gun" that showed the crown prince's hand in the murder. Sen. Lindsey Graham picked up that thread Tuesday, saying there may not be a smoking gun, but there is a "smoking saw," a reference to the bone saw allegedly used to dismember the journalist in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. He added there is "zero chance" the crown prince, whom he described as a "wrecking ball," didn't play a part, reports the AP.
  • And the New York Times has this from Sen. Richard Shelby: "All evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince. This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way."

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