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White House blocks CIA chief from Senate briefing on Saudi Arabia: Report

The White House has prohibited CIA Director Gina Haspel from appearing before the United States Senate to brief the lawmakers on journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said a classified US Senate briefing on Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis on US relations with Saudi Arabia would not include Haspel.

The exclusion of Haspel is uncommon and signals an ongoing rift between US President Donald Trump and his country's intelligence officials over the Khashoggi murder.

The CIA concluded earlier this month that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the country’s de-facto ruler – ordered the Saudi journalist's killing, but Trump has repeatedly cast doubts over that assessment.

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