Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is expressing frustration about being excluded from a closed-door CIA briefing this week on the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi in Saudi Arabia. Republican Rand Paul says the exclusion of most rank-and-file members was undemocratic.
Paul says it’s wrong for the intelligence community to conclude that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder, but withhold the information from all but a handful of Senators.
"I think the very definition of the deep state is when intelligence communities withhold information from Congress," he said.
In comments obtained by C-Span, the GOP lawmaker from Bowling Green said he had to learn through the media of the CIA’s conclusion that the crown prince was involved in the death of Kashoggi.
President Donald Trump has sided with Saudi Arabia’s government in denying the crown prince was complicit in the October murder of the U.S.-educated journalist. But Senator Paul wants the Senate to adopt a resolution tying the crown prince to the killing and ending all U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, says Congress is looking for an appropriate response, but America needs to maintain a relationship with the Gulf ally.