>> CIA Director Gina Haspel giving a closed door briefing to senators Tuesday, leaving some even more convinced that Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, also known as MBS, was involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite claims from the White House that there's not enough evidence to support that conclusion.
>> It is zero chance, zero, that this happened in such an organized fashion without the Crown Prince.>> The US based Washington Post columnist was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Instanbul in October. In the CIA's assessment, the murder was likely ordered by MBS. Despite the findings, the Trump administration has repeatedly rejected that conclusion, calling it premature.
Reuters' Mary Milliken.>> Trump has been pretty steadfast in that this is a terrible thing. However, the Saudis are great partners to us and we do a lot of business with them. And we have these billions of dollars in sales to the Saudis of US arms and that we need to preserve that.
Now, what the senators basically said today, and have said in the past several weeks is that, the Saudi relationship is important particularly in counting the influence of Iran in the region. But this is not a relationship that you can maintain at all costs.>> People have said, people kill people all the time.
Tell me another time in which someone was killed and dismembered in a consulate where you're supposed to have this protection, this international protection.>> Would be much better if the Commander-In-Chief would stand up and say to the world we don't condone the ordering and the killing and dismemberment of journalists.
We don't condone that.>> The White House has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis for their alleged role on the murder. But lawmakers are keen to send a stronger message to the kingdom. Last week, 14 of Trump's fellow republicans defied his wishes, and voted with democrats to advance a measure that would end US support with the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen.
>> If there was any thought that perhaps the Republican senators, who voted with the Democrats last week on advancing this resolution, would be convinced to not go ahead with the resolution, I think that what today shows is that they're going full-steam ahead.>> The unusual vote came shortly after a briefing by Trump Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, who urged lawmakers not to do anything to undermine the US-Saudi relationship.
>> We have no smoking gun.>> There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw.>> Saudi Arabia said that the crowned prince knew nothing about the murder, and that the killing was an accident. A Saudi prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five suspects it blames for the death.