Mattis and Pompeo 'misleading' in Khashoggi briefing, senator says

April FrancisДек 07, 2018

Erdogan has said that the order for Khashoggi's killing probably did not come from Saudi Arabian King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the crown prince.

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed two Senate committees on Capitol Hill earlier on Tuesday on the agency's findings about Khashoggi's murder.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC who has often been a Trump ally, said the only conclusion was that Prince Mohammed, known as MBS, is responsible for the killing. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is directly involved in the effort.

Among the options: pull back from United States involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen; deny any arms sales with Saudi Arabia; slap the crown prince with sanctions, along with a resolution saying the Senate finds him complicit in murder.

Officials in the Istanbul prosecutor's office confirmed to ABC News that the wanted men, royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, are accused of planning and overseeing the killing of Khashoggi, which took place in the Saudi Arabian consulate building in Istanbul on October 2.

Such a move probably would be attached to a resolution that would restrict US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, which Corker said he suspects will pass the Senate.

"I think it would have been good to have the full Senate", said Sen.

Absent from Canada's sanction list was the crown prince.

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The Tennessee Republican added: "If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes".

"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals", Reuters quoted one Turkish official as saying on December 5. In an interview with CNN last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said they had no direct evidence to prove Prince Mohammed was behind the murder.

While Turkish and American intelligence reports indicate that MbS was in on the murder, Trump has attempted to vindicate the prince on the grounds that punishing him would hurt USA political and financial interests and in the region and above all, hurt Israel. Despite speculation that the powerful crown prince ordered the hit, the kingdom has strongly denied he was involved. "You have to be willfully blind" not to see it.

"There's not a smoking gun".

Blunt is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the fourth-ranking member of Senate GOP leadership.

The decision to limit Haspel's briefing to fewer than a dozen senators has angered others, like Sen.

Riyadh has since detained 21 people over the murder. "I disagree with that assessment" Rubio said.

"There are lots of Republicans who are going to try to water this down, but they'll have to find 50 votes, and I'm not sure that they have 50 votes for a substitute".

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