White House Muzzled C.I.A. on Khashoggi Slaying, Mattis and Pompeo Say

White House Muzzled C.I.A. on Khashoggi Slaying, Mattis and Pompeo Say

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The White House blocked CIA Director Gina Haspel from attending a highly anticipated Senate briefing on Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis told senators on Wednesday.

“The most persuasive presence at this briefing was an empty chair—a chair that should have been occupied by Gina Haspel, head of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters. “We were told at this briefing that it was at the direction of the White House that she not attend.”

Several senators confirmed to The Daily Beast that Mattis and Pompeo told senators at the classified briefing that the White House prevented Haspel from attending. Lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had specifically asked for Haspel to brief senators on the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment about the murder of Khashoggi. Thanks to the Turkish government, Haspel reportedly has heard a gruesome audio recording of Khashoggi’s final moments.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. 1812 OVERTURE TO A HOUSE IN FLAMES

    Trump – slippery mudpuppy of the Washington Swamp and slimeball to many, is clearly protecting his ill-gotten Rials out of Riyadh by keeping Lady Haspel White House-bound from telling stories out of piranha school regarding Benny Salamander, that opportunist Saudi predator and ghoulish associate of Trump whose penchant for intrigue and ties to a Turkish Bloodbath has left the White House greatly tainted – awash in a macabre murder allied to the gut-wrenching, overpowering stench of a rancid abattoir.

    Well, Bibi of Israel managed to entertain Congress in a triumph for Tel Aviv much to Obama’s disgust and dismay. How astounding the revelation now that Trump (Israel’s soul-friend incarnate) and well versed in the protocols of Zion/NeoCon politics by his Israeli minders) can now prove captive to satanic one-up-man-ship in order to shield his profits from arm sales to Saudi Arabia. And now tied inextricably to the arm sales due to a forensic bone-saw that cut the deal post facto must be included the legs, arms, entrails, torso and head of human being by the name of Jamal Khashoggi. Conscience demands it. Arms cannot be sold from under the shadow of Khashoggi’s devilish demise yet somehow a certain Manhattan entrepreneur sees fit to object.

    Which is my face
    Which is a building
    Which is on fire
    I’ve got two loves
    I’ve got two loves
    And they go tweet, tweet, tweet,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec8Da1JqmB4
    Talking Heads – Love Building on Fire

  2. Legal question: Can a sitting lame duck president influence an acting director to knowingly obstruct the work of the United States Congress? Is the complicit obstruction Contempt of Congress?

    GINA HASPEL is the Director of the CIA . . . and she didn’t show up to a congressional hearing. Reason: White House didn’t want her to.

    The White House doesn’t know about Contempt of Congress?
    Congress doesn’t know about Contempt of Congress?

    Oh, sure they do.

    And that’s why . . . here’s the sub-plot kids . . . not one of our esteemed congressional leaders bothered to motion the hearing to be rescheduled, since a vital part of the hearing would be compromised by GINA HASPEL’s absence.

    I would have stopped the hearing. Issue a SDT, and reschedule the damned thing. Then, if Ms. Gina didn’t bother showing up, it’s Contempt of Congress.

    Slippery slope sleds for all!

    • The Congressional committee fulfilled the three requirements as was determined in Wilkinson v. United States of 1961’s court case ?? Would be funny to see Haspel arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms and brought to the floor of the chamber for held to answer… 😀