Arrest warrants issued for top Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince aides over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince aides over Khashoggi

His comments came after CIA Director Gina Haspel gave a classified briefing to senators about the murder.

"I think the secretary of defense and secretary of state are in a bad spot because the president has given this bear hug to MBS and to the entire Saudi regime so they are bound to carry out his weird policy", Murphy said, using an acronym for the crown prince.

Despite the CIA's assessment, President Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed it, calling it premature.

Going against his own intelligence agency, and not for the first time, Trump has all but given a clean chit to the prince citing lack of clinching evidence, Saudi investments, touting a figure of around $400 billion and strategic help in combatting Iranian influence in the region.

Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she didn't attend a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis last week.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

It's unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward. Following the November 28 briefing, Pompeo and Mattis told reporters there was no direct evidence tying MBS to Khashoggi's murder. After initially denying the murder, Riyadh has acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate but blamed his death on a "rogue" operation.

He added: "You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of [Mohammed bin Salman] and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi".

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"Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving", Graham said, "but not at all costs".

The administration last week sent Mattis and Pompeo to the Capitol, but senators emerged angrier than before, in part because Haspel didn't participate. "CIA Director Haspel must brief the full Senate immediately". He made a statement that MBS would be "convicted in 30 minutes", if he went in front of jury and, again, pointed out that the difference between the Central Intelligence Agency briefing and the Pompeo/Mattis briefing was like the "difference between darkness and sunshine", per WaPo.

"I'm on the US Senate Intelligence Committee, so everything they knew, whatever they learned in that meeting, we've known", he said.

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered the prince's image overseas.

A Senate source said Senate leaders would also participate in the briefing, which is scheduled for 11.30am ET. I have no question whatsoever now: "The crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through". "That might be the real policy question". And when a reporter asked Corker if it would be a murder conviction, he replied, "Yes".

There, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced sanctions targeting 17 people "responsible for or complicit in" Khashoggi's murder.

The first vote would be on a motion to proceed to the joint resolution that seeks to stop US support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

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