'Deep State at Work': Rand Paul Demands All Lawmakers Receive CIA Briefing on Khashoggi
CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief leaders of multiple Senate committees Tuesday about the October murder of Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi, but Sen. Rand Paul believes Haspel should share the CIA's findings with all members of Congress.
Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said this is "the very definition of the deep state."
"The intelligence agencies do things, conclude things ... but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this," Paul said.
He argued that if lawmakers aren't allowed to have access to the intelligence community's conclusions, then they can't provide oversight.
"This is the deep state at work, that your representatives don't know what's going on in the intelligence agencies."
He noted that there have been reports that the CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in Khashoggi's murder, but he has not been allowed to see what evidence -- direct or indirect -- led to that conclusion.
"The CIA director's coming to Capitol Hill today, and I'm still being excluded from hearing or seeing the evidence of the crown prince's involvement," Paul said.
Bill Hemmer noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said there is no "smoking gun" proving bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder.
Paul said Mattis and Pompeo need to be asked a different, more specific question: "Do you absolutely disagree with the CIA's conclusion?"
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