"I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening".
US intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame.
With many senators furious about being excluded from the briefing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded Haspel "brief the full Senate without delay". Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end US military support for the Saudi kingdom's assault on Yemen.
"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"
After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination in the Istanbul consulate on October 2, Trump issued a statement saying US-Saudi relations and oil market stability were too important to rock over the scandal.
He added on The Story with Martha MacCallum that "there's a certain price to be paid" if Saudi Arabia wants to remain an ally with the U.S. "That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today". "The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region".
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Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. If he was in front of a jury he would have a unanimous verdict in 30 minutes.
Senator Graham is also introducing a separate resolution to officially blame the Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's death.
Haspel provided the closed briefing just days before the Senate is expected to begin debating a resolution to withdraw US support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.
On Tuesday Graham swatted their assessment aside. The Saudis have acknowledged that government officials were responsible for the killing but describe it as a rogue operation and say the crown prince was not involved.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker told Roll Call Tuesday afternoon that interested parties would be meeting on Wednesday to try to find an agreement on handling the contentious Yemen resolution.
Bipartisan leaders from the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Appropriations subcommittees that fund the State and Defense departments were expected to be included.
Questioning Trump is not unprecedented for Republicans in Congress; the fact that they are going there on Pompeo and even Mattis, who is perhaps the most bipartisan figure in the Administration, shows the severe degree of concern about the lack of consequences. The Saudi public prosecutor has indicted and charged dozens of Saudi citizens, including several top advisers to the crown prince, in the affair. "We're with Saudi Arabia". Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".