After a press briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel, Republicans Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) asserted they have no doubts that Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Senators statements stood in contrast to the Trump administration’s official posture, which appears to be: “Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t,” as Donald Trump told the press in November.
Republican Rep. Chris Stewart tried to stake out a middle ground, telling CNN Tuesday that it’s not clear that the President had been given all the information available to the Senators when he questioned bin Salman’s involvement. He also pointed out that the US has to keep its strategic interests in mind, and noted that we collaborate with many countries where journalists are under threat.
“20 have been killed in Mexico. You don’t think it happens in Turkey and China? Of course it does,” Stewart told CNN.
Wow — @RepChrisStewart downplays Saudi Arabia’s responsibility for murdering the dissident journalist and Virginia resident Khashoggi: “Journalists disappear all over the country. 20 have been killed in Mexico. You don’t think it happens in Turkey and China? Of course it does.” pic.twitter.com/L5cJgYQwmK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 4, 2018