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US Senate to declare MbS 'complicit' in Khashoggi death

US Senate to declare MbS 'complicit' in Khashoggi death”

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. It's among several measures being considered after a closed Central Intelligence Agency briefing on Capitol Hill. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Todd Young, R-Ind.; and Chris Coons, D-Del.

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.

He was referring to a bone saw that Turkish officials have said was used to dismember Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The U.S. resident was critical of the Saudi regime. He said it seemed as though the White House's response to the Khashoggi killing was that "you can kill a journalist". "The motion to proceed's going to pass, and we're going to be in a courageous new world", the Connecticut Democrat told Roll Call on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia has said the prince, the kingdom's de facto ruler, had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

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.

Graham made the unambiguous rebuke following a classified briefing on the murder with CIA Director Gina Haspel, who is one of the only USA officials who listened to the audio recording of Khashoggi's death.

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"There is not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham said.

In a surprising turn of events, the GOP is actually turning on Trump over his (lack of a) position on Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

Some 14 million people face starvation, and recent studies estimate 85,000 children under five have starved to death. In recent months, Mattis - a former Marine four-star popular with lawmakers - has defended other politically controversial moves by the Trump administration, like troop deployments to the US border and plans to reorganize the military for a Space Force. They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

The CIA had already concluded with high confidence that the prince was behind the murder, but senators said Haspel provided a much more fulsome briefing than the one they had gotten from Cabinet officials, including new evidence. "But since I have such respect for them, I'm going to assume they are being good soldiers ..."

Graham has said the resolution would be followed by an effort to impose sanctions.

"And yet we have to have a relationship with these individuals or with these countries".



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