Saudi Arabia ambassador returns to United States after Khashoggi's killing

Saudi Arabia ambassador returns to United States after Khashoggi's killing

Saudi Arabia ambassador returns to United States after Khashoggi's killing

"Guilty", Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who now chairs the Foreign Relations committee, said after the briefing.

Senators in the coming week are likely to consider a resolution that would restrict US support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, which has contributed to a humanitarian disaster.

"And the second thing is what is in the best interest of the United States and this is a very, very hard challenge because we have to, on one hand, hold them accountable, including the crown prince, for whatever action he may be involved with", the Utah congressman said.

As previously reported, Khashoggi was a journalist that often wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for The Washington Post.

But to become law, the resolution would not just have to pass the Senate this month, but also must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump, neither of which is expected this year.

Hollywood star Robert De Niro has called for doing "something" regarding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker said he is supporting the legislation by Sens.

The House hasn't indicated it plans to move forward with a similar debate. "We are doing everything we can to go down every rabbit hole to find what's there and that's my responsibility because a significant amount of the USA intelligence apparatus, including a rather critical part of it, is under my cognizance". "Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Yemen, and an overreaction, in my view, would mean that we cancel arms sales and simply abandon our ally".

Under the expedited procedures in effect for the resolution, only a simple majority of senators is required to adopt the motion to proceed.

But will the senators force Trump to drop his defence of the Saudi royal? Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday "there's a smoking saw" in the case against him.

In a statement attempting to clarify his comments later in the day, Stewart said: "We can not brush aside the murder of any journalist, and I have always said that those who are responsible for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi should be held responsible".

Referring to the prince, who is known by his initials, Graham said, "You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intrinsically involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi".

Despite these heavy suspicions, the administration of President Donald Trump has sought to distance the Saudi leadership from the affair and insisted there is no direct proof Prince Mohammed ordered the killing.

Murphy was not surprised when faced with the possibility that GOP senators might offer a "sense of the Senate" nonbinding amendment.

Unconvinced by them and incensed by the administration's refusal to send the Central Intelligence Agency director to the hearing, Republicans and Democrats had joined hands to vote to bring to a legislative measure halting U.S. support to the Saudi-led ruling forces in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthis.

"In my opinion, I'd like to do something that actually has teeth", Corker said.

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