Outspoken Senator Rand Paul warned America of the “growing Deep State” Tuesday; saying he was “blocked” from a CIA briefing regarding the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“This is the very definition of the deep state,” Paul 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 meeting comes after bipartisan outrage that CIA director Gina Haspel didn’t attend an administration briefing for senators last week on Khashoggi's killing https://t.co/kGSMsHeBvC
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“I’ve read in the media that the CIA has said with high confidence that the crown prince was involved with killing Khashoggi. I have not seen that intelligence, nor have I even seen the conclusions. Today there is yet another briefing, and I’m being excluded from that. So really, this is the deep state at work that your representatives don’t know what’s going on in the intelligence agencies,” Paul said.
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