Istanbul prosecutor seeks arrest of Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

Mohammed bin Salman center meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis not

However US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he had "zero question in my mind" that Prince Mohammed directed the killing after an hour-long briefing to a small group of senators by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel.

Senate leaders finally got their desired meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel to see the evidence that led the intelligence organization to conclude that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to The Washington Post. Supporters of the resolution, like Sen.

"We also call for global investigation", she said. Graham said that may be true, but there is certainly a "smoking bonesaw", alluding to the murder weapon suspected to have killed Khashoggi. Graham asserts pretty blatantly that Trump himself is tied up in the killing to some extent.

However, both the executive and legislative branches remain united in their determination to preserve the core of the US-Saudi alliance, behind which are billions of dollars in military purchases by the Saudis and extensive oil imports by the US, along with an invaluable US political ally in the region.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pushed to keep worldwide attention on the murder - the order for which he says came from the highest levels of the Saudi government - even as U.S. President Donald Trump has said Washington should not take action that would undermine its relationship with the kingdom.

"There's a smoking saw", Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Istanbul consulate, where he had gone to obtain paperwork enabling him to marry his fiancee. "And I think if the Senate can make that statement, it puts us on a new path to trying to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia that is beneficial and sustainable". Obviously that's a huge sign of progress, but an even more important takeaway is the fact that these senators say they feel purposefully mislead by a Republican administration, and have made a vote against its interests.

The resolution would also hold bin Salman responsible for the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians and destroyed the impoverished country's infrastructure since its onset.

Ahmad Al-Basha  AFP  Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018
Ahmad Al-Basha AFP Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018

"I do think there needs to be some public actions", Rubio said.

"It'll have teeth", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, who added that the senators are trying to piece together various proposals into one plan to achieve bipartisan consensus. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Corker is confident that the crown prince is culpable in the murder. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

The United States now provides arms shipments and logistical support including intelligence and targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries.

Saudi officials have denied any involvement in the death of the journalist.

"If our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a U.S. resident, why shouldn't the public know this?"

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