Published: Mon, December 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Central Intelligence Agency chief to brief full Senate on Khashoggi's death

Central Intelligence Agency chief to brief full Senate on Khashoggi's death

"If MBS were in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in less than 30 minutes", Corker said, using the prince's initials.

CIA Director Gina Haspel has briefed Senate leaders on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as senators weigh punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. "We don't need smoking gun evidence, this is not a criminal trial".

Graham (R-S.C.) said that the October killing of Khashoggi could not have taken place without MBS knowing about it. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. President Trump of the USA described the killing as brutal and vicious.

Fourteen Republicans voted to move it forward, heaping pressure on Trump to act. The vote last week allowed the Senate to debate the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say.

On Tuesday, two senators from Mr Trump's Republican Party said a Central Intelligence Agency briefing had strengthened their belief the Saudi prince ordered the killing in Istanbul on 2 October. Some lawmakers like Graham want a bill with teeth that will punish Saudi Arabia, while others are keen not to antagonize the White House.

Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. He basically governs the country at this point as the crown prince.

He said the USA must "send a clear and unequivocal message that such actions are not acceptable in the world's stage". "I just don´t know what it is going to be, or who will be implicated, but we will follow it as far as we can". Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Dianne Feinstein, D-California, Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware - introduced a strongly worded resolution condemning the crown prince for a range of actions, including the crisis in Yemen, the blockade in Qatar, the jailing of dissidents and the killing of Khashoggi.

"I went in believing the crown prince was directly responsible or at least complicit in this and my feelings were strengthened by the information we were given", Durbin said.

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The comments come after Haspel briefed top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations and Intelligence committees.

Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement that "every Senator should hear what I heard this afternoon".

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. 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. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

In addition to acting, Penn is also known for his activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush and Trump administrations, his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".

Trump has made a concerted decision to avoid rebuking Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom's role in affecting global oil prices and its arms deals with the United States are more important to the national interest.

"It's a complex issue, it's a shame, but it is what it is", Trump said.

The US Congress has urged a thorough investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, and threatened to take more actions against Saudi Arabia if those responsible were not held accountable.

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