Graham wants Senate resolution on Saudi prince

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing

When asked if he thought Haspel's briefing had changed any minds, Sen. "You have to balance all of those considerations as we move forward on this".

"This is the very definition of the deep state". The CIA has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's killing, according to a senior USA official and a source familiar with the matter.

"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago.

The veteran journalist was a strong critic of Prince Mohammed and had been resident in the United States, where he wrote about politics in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for The Washington Post. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. Trump is also very hesitant to ruin the U.S.'s relationship with the Saudis. Sen.

Trump has said it's unknowable whether the Crown Prince was actually behind it - despite the Central Intelligence Agency concluding this with "high confidence" - while Pompeo said last week that there was no "direct reporting" implicating him. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".

He added on The Story with Martha MacCallum that "there's a certain price to be paid" if Saudi Arabia wants to remain an ally with the U.S. "That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today".

He said that Saudi Arabia disrespected its relationship with the United States and needs to fix it.

Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'

Graham was just one of several senators, Republican and Democrat, who delivered blistering attacks on Saudi Arabia and the crown prince following the closed-door briefing.

"It would be much better if the Commander in Chief would stand up to the free world and say we don't the condone killing of journalists", Corker said. "After all, someone's got to do it".

Numerous lawmakers to meet with Haspel already seemingly made up their minds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi's murder.

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. "And at the same time what is protecting USA interests, what is going to counter Shia extremists; what will help bring stability; what will help bring an end to the war in Yemen". He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

When asked whether there was a difference in the message about Mohammed's culpability, Corker compared it to the "difference between darkness and sunshine".

"Somebody should be punished", he said.

"Now, the question is, how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself", he said. Graham voted in favor of the resolution.

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