Senator Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel had confirmed his initial belief that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered at the direction of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Graham, who led the bipartisan call for the White House to allow Haspel to brief lawmakers after she was reportedly barred from a briefing last week, said bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi’s assassination disqualified him as a potential diplomatic partner to the U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, echoed Graham’s endorsement of the CIA’s findings following Haspel’s briefing.
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