Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘A Smoking Saw’: US Senators Leave CIA Briefing Convinced MBS Killed Khashoggi

‘A Smoking Saw’: US Senators Leave CIA Briefing Convinced MBS Killed Khashoggi

"If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come, I find it very hard to be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is risky and he has put the relationship at risk".

Corker called on US President Donald Trump to strongly condemn Saudi Arabia for the journalist's murder and make sure that those responsible are held accountable, Reuters reported.

After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination in the Istanbul consulate on October 2, Trump issued a statement saying US-Saudi relations and oil market stability were too important to rock over the scandal.

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

Graham said that President Trump has worked to create a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, and he "clearly" isn't being respected. "I would much rather ... the administration speak to this".

Graham said after the briefing that he would push for a nonbinding resolution that the crown prince was "complicit" in Khashoggi's murder.

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US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday that bin Salman, known as MBS, is "complicit" in the killing of Khashoggi.

Haspel's briefing came about a week after Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo similarly failed to stave off outrage among leading lawmakers with their own briefing on U.S. -Saudi relations, urging them to vote down a resolution that would end support for the war against Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Many Democrats want a "straight up or down vote" on the resolution to end all USA support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen, without amendments. "As to Pompeo and Mattis, I have great respect for them". Following Tuesday's bipartisan briefing-which was limited to eight senators-a number of legislators expressed their belief that the Central Intelligence Agency had only further incriminated Prince Mohammed.

A Senate source said Senate leaders would also participate in the briefing, which is scheduled for 11.30am ET. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Questioning Trump is not unprecedented for Republicans in Congress; the fact that they are going there on Pompeo and even Mattis, who is perhaps the most bipartisan figure in the Administration, shows the severe degree of concern about the lack of consequences. "Now the question is how do you separate the Saudi Crown Prince and his group from the nation itself?"

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered.

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