• Ben Henschel

A coming justice for Jamal Khashoggi?

Updated: Jan 11

Once the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman indeed ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it seemed that President Trump would do nothing. Shockingly, yeah — he did nothing.

Trump, again and again, gave and tweeted the "no hard evidence" argument, and used the oil relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to overshadow and overpower the magnitude of Khashoggi's death. I almost thought people would believe him.

Then, something scary happened. Lindsey Graham and I finally agreed on something.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), photo courtesy of MCT Campus

"It's not in our best interests to give the crown prince...a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children," Graham said in a Fox News interview.

It's about time.

It took a briefing directly from CIA director Gina Haspel on Tuesday, but U.S. officials (Trump-supporters, especially) are realizing the severity of Saudi Arabia's actions.

The briefing came after an unsuccessful attempt by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis to convince senators of the importance of a specific Middle Eastern fight — one in which the U.S. supports a coalition backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Pompeo and Mattis claimed that with the little evidence at hand, the U.S. should remain in this coalition, in solidarity with the Saudis. The senators didn't really believe them, so they brought in Haspel.

Haspel provided the senators with new insight and evidence instead of brushing over the facts. With senators like Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Bob Corker — usually on team Trump — finally on the right side, the legacy of Jamal Khashoggi may be in much better shape than I'd thought.

I thought he might have died in vain, and that the administration would attempt to, again, stifle the truth. They tried, but it might not've been enough.

Now, it seems, Trump and his cabinet are the only ones standing in the way — luckily, they're not really standing. They're crawling, and we're one step closer to justice.

I'll continue to write about Jamal Khashoggi and the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia as details develop.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Donald J. Trump, photo courtesy of MCT Campus