1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"Secretary Mattis and myself just had the opportunity to brief all l the senators who wanted to hear from us. We talked about U.S. policy in Yemen and U.S. policy with respect to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We also obviously spoke about the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi. And we made clear that they're considering debating a resolution on the Senate floor, which we think is just poorly timed. We are on the cusp of allowing the U.S. envoy Martin Griffiths to in December gather the parties together, hopefully, get a cease-fire in Yemen, something that we have diplomatically been striving for for months and we think we're right on the cusp of that. So it is the view of the administration, Secretary Mattis and myself that passing a resolution at this point undermines that. It would encourage the Houthis. IT would encourage the Iranians. It would undermine the fragile agreement for everyone to go to Sweden and have this discussion. So we hope that they'll consider that, be thoughtful in how they proceed and we're happy to give them further information if they should so choose. (Reporter: Why wasn't the current CIA Director here briefing senators as well?) I was asked to be here. And here I am ... I was asked to be here and I'm here. (Reporter: You've seen all the intelligence, presumably, do you believe that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Jamal Khashoggi's killing?) I do believe I've read every piece of intelligence, unless it's come in in the last few hours. I think I've read it all. There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi and that's all I can say in an unclassified setting."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he's seen "no direct reporting connecting the Crown Prince" of Saudi Arabia to Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
Pompeo also urged senators to support U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and maintain strong ties to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally.
Pompeo told senators Wednesday that America's national security interests are at stake as they consider a vote to halt U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Pompeo said diplomatic efforts to end the conflict were underway.
It's unclear if that message will be enough for senators, who have grown increasingly uneasy with the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The briefing with Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis could determine how far Congress goes in trying to punish the longtime Middle East ally.
After speaking with senators, Pompeo told reporters he there is "no direct reporting connecting the Crown Prince" of Saudi Arabia to "the order to murder" Khashoggi.
He also did not directly respond to questions as to why CIA Director Gina Haspel was not present at the briefing with Senators, instead he responded by saying, "I was asked to be here and here I am."
Senators expressed their disappointment that Haspel was not there to answer intelligence matters related to the killing of Khashoggi.