Schumer: Haspel should brief full Senate on Khashoggi killing

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election 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 DurbinFive things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills 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 PaulFox News legal analyst says quid pro quo is 'clearly impeachable': Trump requested 'criminal' act Federal court rules baseless searches of travelers' devices unconstitutional Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates 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 MurphyOvernight Defense: Trump, Erdogan confirm White House meeting | Public impeachment hearings set for next week | Top defense appropriator retiring Fairness, tradition, and the Constitution demand the 'whistleblower' step forward Senate Democrat: Colleague was working on fantasy football trade instead of listening to Schumer MORE (D-Conn.) noted that he and the other two sponsors of the Senate resolution — Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (I-Vt.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOn The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments Senators press NSA official over shuttered phone surveillance program 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.