The Khashoggi Killing: US senators blame Mohammed bin Salman for death

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman + ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi +, a bipartisan group of senior United States senators have alleged after the Central Intelligence Agency director gave them a classified briefing on the grisly murder inside the Gulf kingdom's diplomatic mission shocked the world.

After the briefing with Haspel, South Carolina Republican Sen.

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

The CIA's assessment is reportedly based on intercepted communications and a recording from within the Saudi consulate in Turkey where the murder occurred.

"The worldwide community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia" commitment to prosecute this heinous crime.

Turkey is seeking to arrest two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Fellow Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said: "Now the question is, how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation?"

"MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. That might be the real policy question".

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.

Corker suggested that US President Donald Trump had condoned the murder of a journalist by refusing to condemn the Saudi crown prince. How the legislative push gets resolved is uncertain, but the floor fight could begin as soon as Monday - and put the Trump administration on the defensive, the network commented.

"There is not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham said.

"Not everything needs to be secret", the Connecticut Democrat tweeted. "I know there are going to be a lot of efforts to try to remove the underlying language and replace it with something weaker. They are under lock and key, and he does have the support, I think, of the bureaucracy, or part of it, and especially the internal security and military, so far".

"I think we have lost a lot of our moral high ground", McCaskill said on the day of the vote.

However, Ahmed also doesn't think the goal of the United States government is to remove and replace the crown prince, either, but rather to "maintain Mohammad bin Salman as a weakened leader", noting it's "more advantageous for USA interests, in their view, because having a weaker leader allows the U.S. to project its power and influence at a greater level than if he was strong and... a legitimate person in his government". "There are a lot of issues with Yemen that need to be addressed".

Watch Graham's full response to the briefing below. The senators who attended the briefing did not disclose what Haspel presented to them. Following the briefing, a handful of senators said they believe that MBS ordered the hit on Khashoggi.

"The U.S. presence in the area is important and while lots of things are happening in a war zone that you wouldn't want to happen worse things would happen if you had no presence there", he said. Mike Lee, who championed of the resolution, were not included in the Haspel briefing on Tuesday. Members of that chamber are scheduled to receive a briefing from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on December 13, according to a House aide.

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