Senator Lindsey Graham believes Saudi prince 'orchestrated' murder

06 December, 2018, 05:40 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince aides over Khashoggi

Top officials from the administration of President Donald Trump have said they've seen no direct evidence linking the murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly has found a connection.

Turkey: American actor Sean Penn was in Istanbul on Wednesday to film a documentary about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate, Turkish media reported.

The briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel was held on Tuesday behind closed doors to a small group of senators. He sharply criticized the crown prince saying that there is a zero chance that he wasn't involved and stressed that the United States can not do business as usual with people like him, who is nothing but insane.

Saudi Arabia has sought to distance Prince Mohammed from the murder and has received support from US President Donald Trump.

He also said: "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw".

The prime minister explained at the time that he had a "frank" conversation with the prince on the killing, Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen and jailed activists.

High-ranking Democrats and Republicans pointed fingers squarely at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Some of the most important evidence may be an audio recording of the murder that Turkey said it has distributed. Rand Paul is up in arms.

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The Saudi government went into damage control mode, with a spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy, Fatimah Baeshen, saying the kingdom maintains its "steadfast" commitment to the US-Saudi relationship and does "categorically reject" accusations linking the prince to the killing.

Despite the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul still being ongoing, some filmmakers have already decided to make documentaries about it.

In terms of what can be done to punish the crown prince, Lobb explained that Congress could work toward ceasing USA support - including military hardware, intelligence and logistical cooperation - for the Saudi-led war in Yemen against the Houthi rebels.

"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 unsafe", he said.

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham has been one of the strongest critics of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince in the wake of Khashoggi's murder. Among those sanctioned were Qahtani, who was formerly a top aide to the crown prince.

"I do believe that it's really needed in terms of ensuring what really happened and who are the responsible for that very bad killing".

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also voted no on advancing the resolution.

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