Senator: 'zero chance' Saudi prince not involved

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

Senator: 'zero chance' Saudi prince not involved

The move comes after USA senators demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on Khashoggi's killing in Turkey, and whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia issued the kill order.

Graham was convinced the administration was willfully ignoring the evidence linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with Khashoggi's death to avoid having to sever ties with the kingdom.

The senators were not allow to disclose details of what they were told, but their reaction reinforced reports that the Central Intelligence Agency had accumulated substantial evidence that the crown prince was behind the murder. "I think he's complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, to the highest level possible", Graham told reporters after he came out of the meeting with Haspel.

Menendez spoke to reporters as he left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

"I have not seen that intelligence, nor have I even seen the conclusions", he said.

"Let me just put it this way". Asked if he would be convicted of murder, the senator then answered: "Yes".

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two months ago. A deep state involves what some believe is an entrenched bureaucracy that runs the government regardless of who is president.

Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Congress is looking for an "appropriate" response to Khashoggi's murder, but said the US needs to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

"The views that I had before have only solidified", said Menendez, who has called for the U.S. to respond forcefully to Khashoggi's murder and supports legislation to end USA support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is railing against the "deep state" over the limitations on CIA DirectorGina Haspel's briefing to lawmakers on Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny that the crown prince was involved.

Gina Haspel is also reportedly angry about the leak of the Central Intelligence Agency findings to the media.

"Were there text messages sent back from the killers to the crown prince's office?"

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