Senate resolution would blame Saudis for journalist's death

CIA Director Gina Haspel

CIA Director Gina Haspel

The prosecutor is seeking warrants for royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who are believed to have overseen the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October.

The prime minister explained at the time that he had a "frank" conversation with the prince on the killing, Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen and jailed activists.

USA intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, another lead sponsor of the legislation, told reporters after the Haspel briefing that he might try to get it passed as an amendment to a must-pass spending bill if the Senate does not pass the war powers resolution. He sharply criticized the crown prince saying that there is a zero chance that he wasn't involved and stressed that the United States can not do business as usual with people like him, who is nothing but insane.

US Senator Bob Corker, the current head of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, also said he is certain that MBS ordered Khashoggi's murder.

"I talked directly to the prince in Buenos Aires, telling him that we need better answers on what happened to Khashoggi and who is responsible for it", he said.

Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to move forward on a resolution curtailing USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who has joined a growing collection of lawmakers urging the president to take a far tougher stance against Riyadh over the killing, also attended the hour-long closed-door briefing, and minced no words afterwards.

"I think we have lost a lot of our moral high ground", McCaskill said on the day of the vote. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the USA and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

But after Tuesday's Central Intelligence Agency briefing, Republican Sen.

The visit comes "without any consideration of principles and values and without taking into consideration Algeria's reputation and its real, firm and permanent interests", he added. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Turkey shared the audio tape of the killing with western North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal those truly culprit.

"Now, the question is, how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself", he said. The House hasn't moved on the issue, and Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".

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