A “deep state” effort is to blame for senators being kept in the dark about the contents of a CIA report on the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
With CIA Director Gina Haspel briefing Senate leaders Tuesday after the agency reportedly concluded with high confidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the hit on Khashoggi, Paul complained about being left out.
“This is the very definition of the deep state,” the Kentucky senator told Fox News. “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. If we aren’t told about this and I’m not allowed to know about these conclusions, then I can’t have oversight … the deep state grows and has more and more power.”
The deep state is a conspiracy theory about a behind-the-scenes network controlling governments.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.