‘Smoking saw’: After CIA briefing, Senators confident MBS behind Khashoggi killing

‘Smoking saw’: After CIA briefing, Senators confident MBS behind Khashoggi killing

‘Smoking saw’: After CIA briefing, Senators confident MBS behind Khashoggi killing

On Tuesday, two senators from Mr Trump's Republican Party said a Central Intelligence Agency briefing had strengthened their belief the Saudi prince ordered the killing in Istanbul on 2 October.

Bin Salman has denied any knowledge of the plot to torture, murder and dismember Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in October and the US has waffled on whether it believes his denials.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he pressed Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an worldwide investigation.

So far, President Trump has given the Saudi crown prince the benefit of the doubt about his role in the incident.

"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't", Trump said, but noted the strong USA interest in keeping Saudi Arabia as an ally and moving forward with a high-figure weapons deal that was helping American workers.

But it emphasized that it would "continue as before to welcome scholars and students from Saudi Arabia to the Harvard community". "It's a smoking saw", Graham told reporters, referring to the bone saw allegedly used by Saudi authorities to dismember the journalist.

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.

U.S. intelligence community assessments and experts said it's unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.


Republican Senator Bob Corker has classified the Trump administration's continued support of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "un-American" in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey has been looking to extradite 18 suspects which include 15 of the alleged assassination group. Some 14 million people face starvation, and recent studies estimate 85,000 children under five have starved to death.

"I believe it's vitally important to USA national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident - Mr. Khashoggi - who has three American citizen children", Graham said in a statement.

Menendez has called for a strong United States reaction to Khashoggi's death and backs legislation to end all United States support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.

"Let me just put it this way: I think if he was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes". Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday "there's a smoking saw" in the case against him.

Pompeo and Mattis are now expected to give a briefing to the House on Yemen and Saudi Arabia on December 13, ahead of a Democratic takeover of the House in January following the party's gains in the midterm elections.

Recently released private text messages to and from Mr Khashoggi show plans to create an online opposition movement to bin Salman months before he was killed. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", the senator said.

Corker said he has suggested some changes to the legislation to Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel.

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