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The Coming Senate Showdown Over Saudi Arabia

Republican senators positioned themselves against the White House after the CIA director testified about Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
Source: Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

Senate leaders are pitted against the White House in an escalating battle over whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself ordered the hit on the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That split grew into a chasm on Tuesday, after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed select Senate leaders on her agency’s conclusions.

Her closed-door testimony followed separate briefings from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis last

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