Although the White House initially pushed back against the request, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed lawmakers on her agency's findings during a Tuesday closed-door session.
United States lawmakers on Tuesday heard the CIA's assessment about Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi first hand from the agency's director, who confirmed and affirmed what they have long suspected.
He said he will push the Senate to vote on a resolution that finds Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) complicit in Khashoggi's killing.
"There's not a smoking gun". Legislators have vowed to punish Saudi Arabia, proposing a measure which would remove US support for the Saudis in the civil war in Yemen. If it advances beyond that, senators have an opportunity to debate and add amendments to the resolution before a final vote.
The comments come ahead of a briefing expected to be held next Thursday by Trump administration officials, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis, to the House of Representative, according to Reuters. Human rights groups say it is indiscriminately leading to civilian deaths.
"If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come, I find it very hard to be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe", he said.
Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who commandeered a press conference setup during the briefing to denounce the "deep state" wanting to keep everyone in the dark.
They say Gina Haspel is to talk to Senate leaders leaders on Tuesday. "I've never heard, ever, a presentation like was made today".
He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed.More news: Saudi crown prince visits Algiers without meeting president
Khashoggi was killed two months ago.
Bin Salman has denied any knowledge of the plot to torture, murder and dismember Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in October and the US has waffled on whether it believes his denials.
He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the USA and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.
"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in the statement.
The United States now provides arms shipments and logistical support including intelligence and targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries.
Menendez spoke to reporters as he left a closed-door briefing for some Senate leaders by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel.
"We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country's long-term interests, values and reputation", wrote Graham, a frequent ally of the president. "After all, someone's got to do it". He said he would "question somebody's judgment if they couldn't figure this out".
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who has already established himself as a Trump critic, was even bolder in his criticism.
Khashoggi's murder is a rare example of Senate Republicans-at least some of them-parting company with the Trump Administration on foreign policy. Saudi officials continue to deny the prince's involvement, blaming rogue operators. "We're with Saudi Arabia".