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House to receive briefing on Khashoggi

House lawmakers will receive an intelligence briefing from the administration next week on the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, though it’s unclear whether CIA Director Gina Haspel will attend.

The all-House briefing on Saudi Arabia and Yemen is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 9 a.m., but the presenters have not yet been determined, according to a Democratic aide.

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Senators were already briefed last week by Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden under pressure to remove Trump transgender military ban quickly Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE, where they received a presentation on Khashoggi’s slaying, U.S.-Saudi relations and the Yemen civil war. But senators were furious that they didn’t hear directly from Haspel.

Lawmakers ended up voting 63-37 to advance a resolution ending U.S. military support for the Saudis in the Yemen conflict, a sharp rebuke of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE.

The administration, hoping to quell the bipartisan outrage and stave off potential congressional action, agreed to dispatch Haspel to brief key senators on Tuesday.

But if Haspel confirms reports that the CIA concluded the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the briefing could actually give more fodder to senators who are demanding tougher action against the kingdom.