Bob Corker: Response to Saudi Arabia Tells World Leaders ‘They Can Get Away With Killing’ Dissidents


Senator Bob Corker panned the White House on Tuesday for how they’ve handled the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

In a conversation on Tuesday with CNN’s Manu Raju, Corker said that by accepting the Saudi Royal Family’s denial of any involvement in the murder, President Trump is implicitly telling world leaders they won’t be punished for killing political opponents. He’s also not happy that CIA Director Gina Haspel will only talk to a handful of lawmakers about Khashoggi on Tuesday instead of the entire Senate.

“What happens over time is leaders like him believe that they can get away with killing people around the world that are dissidents or who are criticizing them. That’s not a world we need to be living in. It’s certainly not an American value.”

Corker was among the lawmakers who were angered last week when Haspel didn’t join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis during their Senate briefing on Saudi Arabia. While both members of Trump’s cabinet insist there’s no smoking gun connecting Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi’s murder, Corker railed against the Saudi Crown Prince throughout the last few days, saying he was defintely responsible.

Haspel’s absence from Capitol Hill raised eyebrows last week since the CIA has reportedly reached a “high confidence” assessment that MbS ordered the hit on Khashoggi. A CIA spokesperson insisted the White House hasn’t tried restricting Haspel from speaking about the matter, though critics continue to raise questions about why she was a no-show.

Watch above, via CNN.

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