DNI nominee says, if confirmed, she is going to launch unclassified report on Khashoggi homicide
By Felicia Sonmez and Ellen Nakashima
Biden’s nominee for director of nationwide intelligence mentioned Tuesday that if confirmed, she is going to launch an unclassified report on the homicide of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump, who has established a detailed working relationship with the management of Saudi Arabia, has been reluctant to publicly blame the crown prince — the nation’s de facto chief — for the killing, which sparked international outrage.
During Tuesday’s affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) requested Haines whether or not she would launch the unclassified report.
“The Congress, as you know, passed a law requiring the DNI to the Congress an unclassified report on who was responsible for the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” mentioned Wyden, who has been among the many most vocal lawmakers urgent for the discharge of the fabric. “If you are confirmed, will you submit to the Congress the unclassified report required by the law?”
“Yes senator,” Haines responded. “Absolutely, we’ll follow the law.”
In December 2019, Congress handed a legislation requiring the director of nationwide intelligence inside 30 days to offer an unclassified report figuring out those that carried out, participated in or have been in any other case chargeable for the loss of life of Khashoggi, who was in all probability suffocated after which dismembered, in line with intelligence assessments of a recording of the incident. A separate provision allowed for a labeled annex.
In early 2020, the ODNI despatched its response to Congress, in line with U.S. officers.
“The response said simply that ODNI would not provide any unclassified information,” Wyden mentioned on the time. “A total and complete coverup.”