Expert: ‘Smoking Saw’ Ties Saudi Crown Prince To Khashoggi Killing


Listen HERE
Senators emerged from a closed-door briefing with the CIA director Tuesday to say there’s no doubt Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was deeply involved in the killing of journalist Kamal Khashoggi — but still not clear on what steps Congress can take to punish him.

“We know he ordered it. We know he monitored it,” said Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, after hearing from CIA chief Gina Haspel. He said it the case were submitted to a jury trial, “he would be convicted in 30 minutes.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, called the evidence they heard overwhelming, and rebutted the claims of top Trump administration officials that there was no “smoking gun” tying the crown prince directly to the killing in October.

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” Mr. Graham said, referring to the reports that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after he was slain in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Mr. Graham said those who deny the crown prince’s involvement — including the president and his team — “have to be willfully blind.”