Sen. Graham demands CIA briefing on Khashoggi

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is threatening to oppose key legislation until the Senate is briefed by the CIA on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senators were briefed on Khashoggi’s death Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. But Graham said the briefing was “inadequate” without the CIA speaking directly about the intelligence it has on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the killing.

Graham said he’s willing to hold up the legislative agenda, including legislation to fund the government, until he hears from the agency.

He told reporters, “Anything that you need me for to get out of town, I ain’t doing it until we hear from the CIA.”

Asked whether he had communicated that to President Donald Trump, Graham answered: “I just did.”

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