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Senator Rand Paul commandeered a press conference set up outside the CIA briefing on Jamal Khashoggi after being blocked from attending.

The senator blasted the deep state for keeping him and other lawmakers in the dark.

Senator Paul was one of several senators who called for CIA Director Gina Haspel to come brief them last week. Following a senate vote to pull US support for the war in Yemen, she finally agreed to come and brief a small handful of senators. The Kentucky firebrand didn’t make the list.

The briefing, according to the New York Times, was “an attempt to mollify lawmakers who last week signaled they might not continue military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen without more information about the Saudi dissident’s killing.” Their main focus, per the report, was to appease Senator Lindsey Graham.

Never afraid to speak his mind, Senator Paul arrived outside the secure briefing room anyways to take over the press conference set up and tell the media that he has questions for Haspel that he should be permitted to ask — but he is being barred from doing so by the deep state.

“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.

“This is the very definition of the deep state,” Senator 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.”

Senator Paul also blasted the deep state on Twitter earlier Tuesday morning over their secrecy.

“Do you want to know what the deep state is?” the Kentucky senator asked. “The CIA Director is coming to the US Senate and only briefing a select few members of the Senate. Why shouldn’t every senator know what is going on? The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. This is just ridiculous!”

The incident lead to a Twitter battle between Senator Paul’s Deputy Chief of Staff and CNN analyst Susan Hennessey — who accused the senator of “doing his ordinary BS grandstanding routine.”

Gor responded by asking how Hennessey is a CNN analyst and calling their raising of a red flag about the CIA excluding 90% of senators from a briefing “bs.”

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