Sen. Graham After CIA Briefing on Khashoggi: There's a 'Smoking Saw' Implicating MBS
Corker: 'zero question' MBS was behind murder.
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) said the CIA left little doubt that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was complicit in the murder of activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi.
CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed two Senate committees on Capitol Hill Tuesday on the CIA's findings about the murder of Khashoggi.
"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw," said Graham, adding that anyone who would deny bin Salman's involvement at this point is "willfully blind."
Last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said "we have no smoking gun that the crown prince was involved." He and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed lawmakers on the murder last week, but Haspel was notably absent.
Graham said it appears bin Salman was "intricately involved" and commanded the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October.
He once again called bin Salman "crazy" and questioned whether the U.S. can partner with Saudi Arabia if he is in charge.
Corker agreed, saying there is "zero question" in his mind that MBS planned the murder and kept tabs on the events as they were unfolding.
"If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes."
Responding on "Outnumbered Overtime," Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said sanctions must be passed by Congress against Saudi Arabia and MBS should not be invited to global events like last week's G-20 in Argentina.
"That was a disgusting scene," said Connolly.
President Trump took criticism last month after releasing a statement that said "maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!" in reference to whether MBS had foreknowledge of the murder.