'Crazy' crown prince is 'complicit' in Jamal Khashoggi killing, United States senator says

'Crazy' crown prince is 'complicit' in Jamal Khashoggi killing, United States senator says

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed senators on what USA intelligence agencies know about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday.

Top Republicans in the United States are attacking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for ordering the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul in October.

Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who has joined a growing collection of lawmakers urging the president to take a far tougher stance against Riyadh over the killing, also attended the hour-long closed-door briefing, and minced no words afterwards.

Asked if he meant convicted of a murder charge, Mr Corker said "yes".

"There's not a smoking gun; there's a smoking saw", said Graham, referring to reports that Khashoggi's body was dismembered by a bone saw after he was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot.

He added that it appeared that the Trump administration does not want to recognise evidence of the crown prince's complicity.

Graham said "you have to be willfully blind" not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince's command.

"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said.

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"It's not in our interests to give the crown prince. a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children", Graham said.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through".

"If they were in a Democratic administration", Graham said of Pompeo and Mattis, "I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia".

"If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a awful mistake", Trump said on November 20, when he released a lengthy statement.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Haspel would conduct a briefing.

Graham also said that he would not support the current USA military efforts to support Saudi Arabia in its war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the briefing "reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing. "We're with Saudi Arabia".

The Tennessee Republican said that with the schedule changes necessitated by the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, floor debate would most likely come up on Monday, Dec. 10.

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