Saudi ambassador, brother of crown prince, returns to Washington

US senators convinced of Saudi crown prince’s role in Khashoggi murder

US senators convinced of Saudi crown prince’s role in Khashoggi murder

United States newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, have reported that the Central Intelligence Agency has evidence that Prince Mohammed exchanged 11 messages with his close aide Saud al-Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder, just before and after it took place.

Senators are "trying to figure out an amendment that a larger group of people could get behind that addresses this issue without undermining our national interests", Corker said.

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Khashoggi, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

That leaves us with the question if the Crown prince's days are numbered in his current position with opposition from USA lawmakers and dissents within his own Royal family.

"As far as I know, the US has never been in a situation like this with the Saudis where such an egregious incident has become very public and global".

ANKARA - Turkey on Wednesday said Saudi Arabia needed to be transparent with the worldwide community about the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that Ankara would willingly take part in an global probe.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an ally of President Donald Trump, did not hold back his condemnation of "MbS", as Bin Salman has come to be known in Western media.

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"If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in 30 minutes", said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Democrats provided similar reactions after the briefing, which was provided to leaders of Senate committees that focus on national security.

President Trump has equivocated about assigning blame for Khashoggi's killing, frustrating lawmakers from both parties. He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed.

"I talked directly to the prince in Buenos Aires, telling him that we need better answers on what happened to Khashoggi and who is responsible for it", he said.

US intelligence assessments and experts say it's unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.

In a column for The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for global norms.

"Somebody should be punished", Republican Senator Richard Shelby said.

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