A ‘Smoking Saw’ Links Saudi Prince to Khashoggi’s Murder, Senator Says

A ‘Smoking Saw’ Links Saudi Prince to Khashoggi’s Murder, Senator Says

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

The CIA, meanwhile, is facing growing pressure to brief the full Senate, since Tuesday's briefing comprised only roughly a dozen senators from the party leadership and who sit on key committees.

But the debate could become a virtual trial over Prince Mohammed's responsibility for Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Trump's effort to downplay it. Senators could add amendments to further punish the kingdom. "Guilty", Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who now chairs the Foreign Relations committee, said after the briefing.

Turkey is seeking to arrest two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

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 someone is saying that Secretary Mattis or Secretary Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart said. "There are all sorts of things we can do to make clear this can't continue to happen".

Khashoggi was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

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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.

At the time, the US State Department said it would seek information from him regarding the incident upon his return. "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 and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi".

"It's not a smoking gun, it's a smoking saw", said Sen.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he pressed Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end USA military support for the Saudi kingdom's assault on Yemen. Following the briefing, a handful of senators said they believe that MBS ordered the hit on Khashoggi.

"I think they are tired of him being the only person - they can not play anybody else against him - and that is, I think, one of the reasons that made the United States reaction to the murder greater, because now there is only one person to go to, there is only one address in Riyadh, and that is MBS".

"I think there is an American desire to keep this at a certain level, to contain it within a balanced level, to allow the U.S. to project its power and to create greater advantage vis-a-vis the relationship with the Saudi government".

Graham is one of the sponsors of the non-binding resolution.

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