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STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT. CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief Senate committee leaders on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday after members of both parties expressed outrage over the absence of intelligence officials at a briefing last week.
The spy chief will meet with top leaders of the Senate‘s Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and Intelligence Committee, according to a source familiar with the matter. The meeting comes ahead of a scheduled vote on whether the Senate will vote to pull support for the civil war in Yemen.
The number of attendees at the briefing could grow given the concern among both parties about Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul earlier this year. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) confirmed the briefing, adding it would take place at 11 a.m.
When asked when the Senate would debate the resolution, Corker said it could happen as early as Thursday but likely wouldn’t happen before Monday.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week failed to address concerns by senators, who demanded Haspel appear on Capitol Hill. The Senate then voted to advance the measure curtailing U.S. support for Saudi forces in Yemen, setting up critical procedural votes that could occur later this week or early next.
It’s not clear if the measure will continue to advance in the Senate. The Trump administration is clearly hoping Haspel can persuade Republicans and moderate Democrats to back off after defying the Trump administration last week.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the measure’s future is up to Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations chairman, who said last week’s briefing was “lacking.”
On the international perspective, Jamal Kashoggy’s murder case will change the future relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia and several European countries such as Germany, France and England so especially on their relationship with the US.
Decade by decade, the US has always maintain their foreign policy relationship with Saudi Arabia kingdom and those country has been had political relationship with the US as the main partners in other word Saudi Arabia is a pivot country for the US to control the Middle East one of regions which always unstable and having a longtime conflicts. The US needs Saudi Arabia as the “proxy-war” country to counter Iran’s moves and Iran’s influence in those regions.
Because of that, Iran and Saudi Arabia have always been conflicting in several countries such as Syria and Yemen. In Syria, Iran and Russia have been supporting the Assad’s regime, meanwhile Saudi Arabia and the US lead coalition forces have been supporting Sunni’s fighters. In Yemen, Iran has been supporting Houthi’s rebel and Saudi Arabia has supported the current Yemen’s President.
Saudi Arabia is one of the US military products buyer. But after Kashoggi’s case, its seems the relationship between two countries will be changed, because President Trump has suppressed from Senate especially from Democrat which want the military product trade to Saudi Arabia must be stopped, because Saudi Arabia has used their military weapons in Yemen’s crisis, and the US Senate have been believe in that Price Mohammad bin Salman could be predicted as “the main actors” under Kashoggi’s case. Earlier, Germany’s government had stopped their trade military weapons to Saudi Arabia related to Kashoggi’s case (Erlangga Pratama).