Last week, the administration sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis to brief the Senate, but Graham and other senators expressed outrage that they were not hearing directly from Haspel, as the CIA's assessment had been liberally leaked to the media.
A Turkish court has issued arrest warrants for two suspects close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, raising pressure on the kingdom's de facto leader after two U.S. senators accused him of ordering the hit.
Prince Mohammed "is a wrecking ball", Sen.
Corker suggested that President Donald Trump had condoned the murder of a journalist by refusing to condemn the Saudi crown prince. He and senior White House administration officials have also claimed there was no "direct evidence" linking the crown prince to Khashoggi's killing. "You have to balance all of those considerations as we move forward on this".
"She didn't tell them anything that (Mattis and Pompeo didn't say)", the Texas Republican said, "so any senator who wants the information has had access to it".
The Saudis denied for several days having involvement in Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and killing.
"There's not a smoking gun".
Senators, in a rare rebuke of Trump's handling of the situation, moved immediately after the briefing to punish Saudi Arabia by advancing legislation to curtail USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
"If MBS were in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in less than 30 minutes", Corker said, using the prince's initials.
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US intelligence assessments and experts say it is unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and a close ally of Trump's, told reporters there was a "smoking saw" - a reference to reports Saudi government agents murdered and dismembered Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
There are several proposals in the works, including freezes on all US arms sales to Riyadh and tightening sanctions on those involved in Khashoggi's murder. "I have not seen that intelligence nor have I even seen the conclusions".
"I would really question someone's judgment if they couldn't figure this out", Graham continued.
Unconvinced by them and incensed by the administration's refusal to send the Central Intelligence Agency director to the hearing, Republicans and Democrats had joined hands to vote to bring to a legislative measure halting United States support to the Saudi-led ruling forces in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthis.
Later Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying the briefing only "reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", and that Haspel "should brief the full Senate without delay".
When asked whether there was a difference in the message about Mohammed's culpability, Corker compared it to the "difference between darkness and sunshine".
"Somebody should be punished, but the question is: How do you separate the Saudi crown prince from the nation itself?"