'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators

05 December, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

Trump said. "That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi".

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS", Republican Sen.

It said the 81-year-old president, whose health has been fragile since he suffered a stroke in 2013 and is rarely seen in public, was "in bed with a heavy flu". There's a smoking saw- Sen.

Graham has also pushed for the Magnitsky Act sanctions issued against the 15 assassins to be extended to the crown prince as well. "Prince Mohammed. he really was the original El Chapo, literally", said Louisiana Senator John Kennedy on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump was under pressure for maintaining support for the murderous prince.

Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was born in Saudi Arabia, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening", said Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.

Tuesday's briefing comes as the Senate weighs punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing.

The Saudi government and President Donald Trump's administration have defended the monarch, with the president and his top officials disputing reports that the Central Intelligence Agency found him guilty.

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Many Democrats want a "straight up or down vote" on a war powers resolution to end all USA support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen, without amendments. Pompeo said there was "no direct reporting" connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was "no smoking gun" making the connection.

Republican senators emerged from a briefing today about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing and essentially accused the Trump Administration of misleading the United States about it - and even covering it up for Saudi Arabia.

He cited last week's Senate briefing from Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that suggested the crown price was not involved. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. Asked if he would be convicted of murder, the senator then answered: "Yes". Accusations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing have put the Trump administration in a diplomatic bind. Those familiar with the CIA report said the agency believes the crown prince was probably linked to the killing.

Graham said he would not vote for the Yemen resolution.

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Haspel left the briefing and did not respond to CNN's questions about whether the briefing would satisfy senators' concerns.

Corker said senators are trying to figure out how to amend the resolution, which directs the president to remove most US armed forces from hostilities affecting Yemen.

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