Senators who heard Tuesday a report by the director of the CIA on the circumstances of the journalist's murder The Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi has accused the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, of being responsible for his death.
Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker was the most energetic in his assessment after receiving Gina Haspel's report to say that Bin Salman "ordered, monitored the murder," which took place on October 2nd at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"Let me say this: he (Prince Bin Salman) in front of a jury would have a unanimous verdict in 30 minutes," the senator told reporters, maintaining a serious and circumspect face after which he added: "A guilty verdict" .
However, what caught the attention was the position of the senator, also Republican, Lindsey Graham, an acquaintance close to President Donald Trump who was very harsh with the Saudi leader despite the fact that the president avoided blaming him: it is " practically impossible "that an operation like this was performed without the knowledge of the prince".
Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis refused to offer Senators their conclusions on the case. "You must be voluntarily blind to avoid the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of Mohammed bin Salman and that he … was involved in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi," added the Republican Senator for Carolina . of the South.
The CIA director's report was given in particular to the Republican majority leader in the upper house, Mitch McConnell, to that of the democratic minority, Chuck Schumer, and to the main senators linked to issues of national security.
Last week the Senate voted in favor of a resolution suspending US aid to Saudi Arabia in its conflict with Yemen.
Khashoggi has never been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate at the beginning of October to pursue a legal proceeding to marry his Turkish girlfriend. The Saudi government said that the journalist, very critical of the prince, if he's gone with his own means. However, after the emergence of evidence-based Turkish intelligence evidence, the Arab kingdom recognized that in an interrogation the hand went out and died.
The government of Turkey claims to have proof that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered, dismembered and then dissolved in acid, so much so that its location is unknown until today.
Several Western countries have condemned what happened, and in what has been the clearest evidence of this unease, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, had a hard exchange with the Saudi prince during the meeting of the G20 in Buenos Aires.
However, the White House has tried to soften what has happened to the point that President Trump says he does not have the key evidence on bin Salman's relationship with murder, despite the fact that the entire intelligence community American has no doubts. that the murder was ordered by the crown prince.
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