Lindsey Graham is Totally Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Guilt After CIA Briefing: ‘There’s a Smoking Saw’
Sen. Graham says "you have to be willfully blind" not to come to conclusion that Saudi crown prince was "integrally involved" in Khashoggi murder. Pomepo and Mattis aren't drawing this conclusion because admin "doesn't want to go down this road," he adds https://t.co/mBwH1M7AiX pic.twitter.com/a6VgGTvrF5
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As he left CIA Director Gina Haspel‘s briefing on Jamal Khashoggi, Sen, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voiced his conclusion that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit “to the highest level possible” in the journalist’s murder.
Graham described the Saudi Crown Prince as a “wrecking ball” on Tuesday while saying Saudi Arabia is “a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs.” He continued to say it could be difficult for the United States to do business with the Saudis with Salman in the equation, and Graham was eventually asked what he thought of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis saying there’s no smoking gun.
“I think Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis are following the lead of the president. There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw. You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized under the command of MbS and he was intrinsically involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi…There is zero chance that this happen in such an organized fashion without the crown prince.”
Graham’s sentiments were echoed by Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker (R-TN). Corker expressed concern earlier today that President Donald Trump was sending an ominous signal to fellow world leaders by not condemning Saudi Arabia. When he spoke to reporters after the briefing, he said a person would have to be “willfully blind” to ignore the evidence against Salman.
“If the crown prince went in front of a jury,” Corker said, “he would be convicted [for murder] in 30 minutes.”
"If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” GOP Sen. @BobCorker says after CIA Director Gina Haspel's briefing on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
When asked if the crown prince would be convicted of murder, Corker responded: “Yes." pic.twitter.com/zDUkmb5Ifv
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