Corker: ‘There Has Been A Clampdown’ By Admin On Intelligence Regarding Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 4: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters as he arrives at the Office of Senate Security, which houses a 'sensitive compartmented information facility,' or SCIF, where Senators are able ... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 4: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters as he arrives at the Office of Senate Security, which houses a 'sensitive compartmented information facility,' or SCIF, where Senators are able to view the the FBI report about alleged sexual assaults by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh's confirmation process was halted for less than a week so that FBI investigators could look into allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 18, 2018 4:35 pm
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Sen. Bob Corker told Politico Thursday that the Trump administration has engaged in a “clampdown” on intelligence reports related to the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that he had only been able to view intelligence products that are “a week old or more,” in Politico’s words.

“This is going to come to a head in a very short amount of time. This isn’t getting better over time. It seems to me over the next week or so people are going to know more about what happened,” Corker told Politico. “There has been a clampdown on any further intelligence updates to senators … it can’t go on that long, they need to come out and share their views of what happened and share with us.”

Corker told Politico he received an “apologetic” call from an unnamed official after requesting intelligence materials on Tuesday. The official “informed him that no more information would be given to members of Congress,” in Politico’s words. His request was also rejected Monday, Corker said. 

Corker added, referring to the Saudis potentially having murdered Khashoggi: “I don’t think the administration can allow this to squirrel around too much longer without taking a definitive position.”

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