United States senators push resolution to condemn Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

United States senators push resolution to condemn Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

United States senators push resolution to condemn Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

President Trump and members of his administration have dismissed the CIA's conclusion that the crown prince was behind Khashoggi's killing and have rejected taking action against the country.

The Saudi prince is facing continuing pressure over the October 2 killing of the journalist inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an global investigation.

Corker suggested that US President Donald Trump had condoned the murder of a journalist by refusing to condemn the Saudi crown prince.

Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.

The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

The senator said he could not support Saudi Arabia's involvement in the war in Yemen or arms sales to the Saudi government as long as the crown prince remained in power.

"If we don't stop it now, it gets worse later", Graham said, adding that MBS has been a "wrecking ball" the Middle East.

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The handful of prominent Republicans who openly broke with the administration over Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday after receiving a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, included South Carolina Sen.

On Wednesday, a group of USA senators defied the White House and introduced a resolution that would hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the journalist's murder.

According to Turkey, a 15-member Saudi team was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi. Still, the Senate voted 63-37 to discharge the Yemen resolution from the Foreign Relations committee for consideration last week.

Turkish officials have searched the consulate, the consul-general's residence, a forest in Istanbul and two villas in the northwestern province of Yalova, but Khashoggi's remains have still not been found.

Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, went to Twitter to voice his opinion, smashing the caps lock to say "ENOUGH!" in regards to Saudi Arabia's behavior. "So there's - whether you call it smoking gun, smoking saw; if can point to something that says somebody is implicated, I've already said where I stand on that, and even my adversaries have learned to count on my word".

Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement that "every Senator should hear what I heard this afternoon".

Pompeo and Mattis are now expected to give a briefing to the House on Yemen and Saudi Arabia on December 13, ahead of a Democratic takeover of the House in January following the party's gains in the midterm elections. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end USA military support for the Saudi kingdom's assault on Yemen. "Guilty. A guilty verdict".

"If someone said Secretary Mattis or Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart told CNN.

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