USA senators blast Saudi prince over Khashoggi, after Central Intelligence Agency chief briefing

Hannah Rogers
December 6, 2018

A Turkish court issued arrest warrants Wednesday for two suspects close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, increasing pressure on the kingdom's de facto leader.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he believes if the crown prince was put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in "about 30 minutes".

Trump ally and fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the "crazy" crown prince was "complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to the highest level possible".

"There is not a smoking gun - there is a smoking saw", Graham shot back on Tuesday, referring to a bone saw that Saudi operatives allegedly used to dismember Khashoggi's body.

The prime minister explained at the time that he had a "frank" conversation with the prince on the killing, Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen and jailed activists.

Some of the most important evidence may be an audio recording of the murder that Turkey said it has distributed.

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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.

In early October it became known that in Istanbul mysteriously disappeared Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized the Royal family of Saudi Arabia.

Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to move forward on a resolution curtailing US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham has been one of the strongest critics of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince in the wake of Khashoggi's murder. Qahtani was a key counsellor to the crown prince.

Graham rejected their assessment outright, saying "you have to be wilfully blind" not to conclude that the murder was orchestrated by people under Prince Mohammed's command. "It is my hope that the Senate will act and send a strong, unequivocal message that such actions can not stand and I believe that my legislation with Senator Graham is the appropriate response". After a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the incident last night, American Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been among the few members of the Congress to be allowed at the briefing, expressed his outrage over the incident. Mr.

He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. But the Senate could vote to end that arms sale or end USA support of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

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