Schumer: Haspel should brief full Senate on Khashoggi killing

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that CIA Director Gina Haspel should meet with the full Senate after holding a closed-door briefing with roughly 10 senators earlier that day.

“While I will not discuss the content of the Haspel briefing, it reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Schumer said in a statement. "CIA Director Haspel should brief the full Senate without delay."

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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately MORE of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, also called for Haspel to meet with the entire chamber to brief lawmakers on the death of Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor.

"Every Senator should hear what I heard this afternoon," Durbin said in a statement. "CIA Director Haspel must brief the full Senate immediately."
 
 
Her absence at that meeting enraged some senators, who warned it was a strategic misstep to not have her in the room after she traveled to Turkey to lead the investigation into Khashoggi's slaying.
 
Haspel's briefing came after the Senate advanced a resolution that would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen by a 63-37 vote. The chamber is expected to vote next week on whether to begin debate on the measure.
 
Limiting Tuesday's briefing to certain Senate committee leaders rankled members who are deeply involved in the Saudi fight but not invited to attend.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE (R-Ky.) called the meeting an example of the "deep state,” questioning why every senator wasn’t allowed to participate.

"The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. This is just ridiculous!," Paul said in a tweet ahead of the briefing.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Trump administration floats background check proposal to Senate GOP MORE (D-Conn.) noted that he and the other two sponsors of the Senate resolution — Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE (R-Utah) — would not be at the briefing.

"It is outrageous that the White House is still hiding what they know about the Khashoggi murder from Congress," Murphy said. "White House only letting leadership into this briefing."

He lamented in a separate tweet that Washington has an "over-classification" program.

"For instance, if our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a U.S. resident, why shouldn’t the public know this?" Murphy asked.