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"Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 04, 2018 02:19PM

Don shelters from the s-storm
"I don't want to get into his mind — but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers," he said. "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon. But his was a flat denial."

Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death
[www.reuters.com]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter.

“You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MbS,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters, referring to the crown prince by his initials.

In his bid to pressure the Trump administration to condemn the crown prince, Graham said there may not be a “smoking gun,” but that there was a “smoking saw,” a reference to a bone saw that investigators said was used to cut up Khashoggi’s body.

Making some of their strongest accusations so far, both Republicans and Democrats said they still want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi. And they urged President Donald Trump himself to strongly condemn the killing after he stood by the crown prince.

“If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he’d be convicted in 30 minutes,” said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Asked if he would be convicted of murder, Corker replied “Yes.”

The senators spoke to reporters as they left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel.

“The views that I had before have only solidified,” said Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.
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Republican Senator Richard Shelby underscored that point in his comments after the meeting with Haspel. “Somebody should be punished,” he said. “Now the question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself?”
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Posted by: hal
Date: December 04, 2018 02:31PM
Graham has some pretty serious quotes here: [www.youtube.com]

NO WAY is this gonna be swept under the rug - I think Graham now thinks he has a pretty good shot at the 2020 nom - 2024 for SURE!
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Re: "Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 04, 2018 02:37PM
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Steve G.
Republican Senator Richard Shelby underscored that point in his comments after the meeting with Haspel. “Somebody should be punished,” he said. “Now the question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself?”

That separation is already underway. Witness the rapport between the two most murderous autocrats, MBS and Putin, at the G20. Except that the separation is between the West and Saudi Arabia.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: "Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 04, 2018 03:20PM
But MBS told Trump five times he didn't do it. Five times! Not once. Not twice. But five times.
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Re: "Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 04, 2018 05:24PM
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Dennis S
But MBS told Trump five times he didn't do it. Five times! Not once. Not twice. But five times.

Well, then it must be true.



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Re: "Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 04, 2018 05:37PM
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Speedy
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Dennis S
But MBS told Trump five times he didn't do it. Five times! Not once. Not twice. But five times.

Well, then it must be true.

If you say anything enough times, loudly enough, or forcefully, then it's true.
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