Republican Senator Rand Paul called out Congress for not releasing information to him about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Paul said he believes that the deep state is applying pressure in order to keep the details quiet.
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Paul discussed the testimony of CIA Director Gina Haspel on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.
“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.”
According to Paul, lawmakers aren’t able to exercise the proper oversight if they’re kept out of briefings where prevalent information to policy is being discussed.
Paul believes that there are too few people being kept in the intelligence inner circle, and that it’s contributing to a deep state controlled government.
“If we aren’t told about this and I’m not allowed to know about these conclusions, then I can’t have oversight,” he said. “And so then state grows, the intelligence, the deep state grows and has more and more power.”
“I’ve read in the media that the CIA has said with high confidence that the crown prince was involved with killing Khashoggi,” Paul continued.
“I have not seen that intelligence nor have I even seen the conclusions. And today there’s yet another briefing and I’m being excluded. So really, this is the deep state at work … that your representatives don’t know what is going on in the intelligence agencies.”
“So really this is the deep state is at work, that your representatives don’t know what is going on in the intelligence agencies.
While the briefing was taking place, Paul spoke to reporters about the issue, and explained further that he believed the system was broken, because too few people had access to the information that was relevant to the decision making of those in Congress.
Paul also listed the questions that he would have asked the CIA director, were he allowed to be in the hearing.