Leading US senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
They said this after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter.
“The views that I had before have only solidified,” said Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Menendez has called for a strong US reaction to Khashoggi’s death and backed legislation to end all US support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.
Menendez spoke to reporters as he left a closed-door briefing for some senate committee leaders and senate leaders by CIA Director, Gina Haspel.
Senator Bob Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shook his head ‘no’, when asked if he thought Haspel’s briefing had changed any minds.
“You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MbS,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters also after the briefing, referring to the crown prince by his initials.
Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.