On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul called out the “Deep State,” saying that he and his Senate colleagues were excluded from a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel.
“There are eight people in Congress who get briefings on intelligence,” Paul said. “That is not democracy. That is not democratic representation nor is it democratic oversight.”
Politico reported that Paul lashed out at the “deep state” for excluding him and other senators from a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
The briefing was limited to a select group of lawmakers, including leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and Intelligence Committee.
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Do you want to know what the deep state is? The CIA Director is coming to the US Senate and only briefing a select few members of the Senate. Why shouldn’t every senator know what is going on? The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. This is just ridiculous!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2018
The Kentucky lawmaker was excluded from a group on Tuesday that met with CIA Director Gina Haspel. Accusations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing have put the Trump administration in a diplomatic bind.
“This is the very definition of the deep state. The deep state is that the intelligence agencies do things, conclude things, make conclusions, but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this,” Mr. Paul told Fox News.
He added that “the deep state” will continue to amass “more power” until the status quo changes, The Washington Examiner reported.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Tuesday that he has read “every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of United States government.”
“When it is done, when you complete that analysis, there’s no direct evidence linking [the Saudi prince] to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” he said. “That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today.”