A Furious Lindsey Graham Slams MBS for Khashoggi Murder: ‘I’m Going to Come Down Hard Like a Ton of Bricks’
In yet another fiery set of remarks promising punishment for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) emphasized his certainty that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the grisly killing.
“It’s crystal clear beyond any doubt,” he told Fox News during an interview Tuesday evening. “This could not have happened without the crown prince knowing about it. We have a ton of intelligence that the people in charge of killing Mr. Khashoggi work directly for the crown prince. His number one go-to guy orchestrated the move.”
But President Donald Trump has publicly doubted U.S. intelligence findings indicating the prince is to blame, keeping friendly ties with the regime in favor of financial relationships.
While Graham argued that “it is in our interest to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he added that MBS, as he’s commonly known, cannot be given “a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children because then you have open season on Americans everywhere.”
“So I’m going to come down hard like a ton of bricks on the crown prince and try to salvage the relationship with Saudi Arabia.”
The senator was evidently outraged earlier in the day after a briefing from CIA director Gina Haspel, which convinced him beyond a shadow of a doubt that MBS orchestrated the hit.
However, he’s unsure Trump will change his mind, which may prompt Congress to split with the commander in chief on the issue.
“I don’t know,” Graham said on the possibility of Trump changing his tune. “The president is in a different spot. He is the president of the United States. Congress has an obligation to look at these things. Every now and then Congress goes its own way.”
The bottom line, he said, was that Saudi Arabia needs to act.
“If you want to keep the relationship, you disrespected it, you need to repair it. The damage is being done by the crown prince, not by the United States, and if you want to fix it, you need to do something about it.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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