Saudi Arabia's Critics Push for Swift US Senate Action

Saudi Arabia's Critics Push for Swift US Senate Action

Saudi Arabia's Critics Push for Swift US Senate Action

"It's not based on friendship as much as it's based on common interests, combating extremism in the Middle East and countering the Iranian threat", said Senator John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican.

Turkish President Recep 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 Arabian government - even as US President Donald Trump has said that Washington should not take action that would undermine its relationship with the kingdom.

Senate passage of either resolution on Saudi Arabia would not, by itself, force the Trump administration to take any specific actions.

The resolution, tweeted out by Graham tonight, states that the Senate has a "high level of confidence" that MBS is complicit in Khashoggi's killing, a sentiment Graham and other senators expressed after yesterday's Central Intelligence Agency briefing. The U.S. resident was critical of the Saudi regime.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in early October. 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 US economy.

Later on November 28, the Human Rights Watch received a report from an informed source indicating that Saudi authorities had tortured a fourth woman activist.

USA intelligence community assessments and experts said it's unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.

Corker said he is negotiating with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (Republican from Kentucky), to move that resolution or one that is similar.

Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that he said this "directly" to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when the two were both in Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit last week.

"There is zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through", Corker said Tuesday after the closed-door briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel and a handful of senators.

"There's not a smoking gun, but a smoking saw", Graham added, referring to the reported grisly detail that an autopsy specialist dismembered Khashoggi's body with a bone saw. If he was in front of jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes, guilty.

"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", Graham said.

"We are continuing to review", Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Canada, the Washington Examiner reported. "I just don't know yet what it's going to be or who's going to be implicated, but we will follow it as far as we can".

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