James Mattis: Saudi Crown Prince's Khashoggi Complicity Still Unclear

US senators introduce resolution pinning Khashoggi murder on Saudi Crown Prince

A briefing by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel for senators on Tuesday hardened their resolve to act against the prince known as MbS, who has the support of Trump.

The fresh scrutiny of Mattis, often portrayed at home and overseas as a trusted steward of US values during the turbulent times of President Donald Trump, comes on the heels of his implementation of a controversial military order to place troops on the US-Mexico border, a move critics slammed as a political stunt. Senator Lindsey Graham, (Republican from South Carolina), introduced a resolution on Wednesday that would call bin Salman "complicit" in the slaying.

"The United States Senate should speak in a clear, bipartisan voice to say that we will not tolerate the kinds of egregious human rights violations we've seen from Saudi leadership and, in particular, from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman", Coons said in the release. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

Mr Khashoggi was killed - and is believed to have been dismembered - after entering the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

In preparing his report, Lester sought input from MIT faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and consulted the faculty International Advisory Committee as well as external experts on Saudi Arabia and the region.

The Senate resolution also states that MBS "must be held accountable for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen" and "preventing a resolution to the blockade of Qatar" as well as "the jailing and torture of dissidents and activists inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" and "the use of force to intimidate rivals".

The allegations come as Riyadh tries to get past the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, a long-time royal insider who became a critic of Prince Mohammed and went into self-exile in the United States previous year. It would also pressure Trump to decide whether to veto the measure.




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

"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham said, taking a shot at Defense Secretary James Mattis, who told senators last week that there was "no smoking gun" linking bin Salman to the killing.

A previous Associated Press analysis of federal data found that MIT is among 37 US universities that received $350 million from the Saudi government over the last decade. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said the pair were "among the planners" of the murder of the Washington Post contributor.

"His Royal Highness the ambassador is in Washington", embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Saudis have denied the crown prince had any involvement.

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