USA senators pin Khashoggi murder on Saudi crown prince

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Supporters of bipartisan legislation created to strongly rebuke Saudi Arabia for the role its Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, allegedly played in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, say they believe they have secured enough votes for final passage.

Sen. Bob Corker's comments were an equally scathing rebuke of Trump. "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham told reporters after the briefing.

It's unclear how strong that message will be.

Blunt told reporters at the time that the House was unlikley to move on the resolution, and he didn't think a Senate debate on Yemen would be particularly helpful in encouraging the peace process along.

Yet lawmakers remained divided over what steps to take next, after a stinging vote last week to consider a measure cutting off American military aid to Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign, the Times said.

But senator after senator leaving the Central Intelligence Agency briefing said there's no doubt that bin Salman was involved, adding that the United States can not ignore the matter.

Graham said he would not vote for the Yemen resolution.

Yasin Aktay an adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with U.S. actor Sean Penn, in Ankara, Turkey.

But two key US Republican senators said a Tuesday briefing by the CIA's director only strengthened their conviction that Prince Mohammed directed the murder.

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Both Qahtani, one of the advisors to the Saudi Crown Prince, and Asiri, Deputy Director of the Saudi secret services, were dismissed from their positions in October over the scandal caused by Khashoggi's murder.

He said that Saudi Arabia disrespected its relationship with the United States and needs to fix it.

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. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker told Roll Call Tuesday afternoon that interested parties would be meeting on Wednesday to try to find an agreement on handling the contentious Yemen resolution.

President Donald Trump has said responsibility for Khashoggi's death remains an open question and that terminating arms sales to Saudi Arabia would harm the USA economy.

Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Ed Markey and Chris Coons, and Republicans Marco Rubio and Todd Young joined Graham in sponsoring the resolution.

Riyadh has blamed rogue agents for the slaying of Khashoggi, a USA resident, at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey two months ago.

There are three different measures making their way through the Senate: a war powers resolution ending any US involvement in the Yemen conflict, legislation imposing a broad clampdown on Saudi Arabia, including ending arms sales and levying new sanctions; and a nonbinding resolution targeting the crown prince.

Trump, however, had no unkind words for MBS in an official statement released on November 20, when the president stressed that he considered Saudi Arabia a valuable ally and that arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be great for the USA economy.