No Hard Evidence Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing: Pompeo

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

"We have got to make the decision as to what happens in the war in Yemen and our role in that, and that's what the vote today is about", stated Sanders. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to USA involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Pool/GettyA composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The other four Republicans who voted against the resolution to allow a Senate vote on the issue were Sens. No Democrats voted against the resolution, which passed 63-37, with 14 Republicans joining the Democrats.

Pompeo spoke to reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate behind closed doors that weakening US-Saudi ties over the killing would hurt national security. The two leaders also talked about cooperation in arms manufacturing and Saudi Arabia's efforts to develop a domestic arms industry, SPA said.

Human Rights Watch accuses the prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for the gruesome slaying of newspaper columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. Germany has moved to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing and Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports there. While some have suspected the involvement of at least some members of the Saudi royal family in this killing, U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that there is not enough evidence to blame Saudi's crown prince. Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen.

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Amnesty International Canada also welcomed the sanctions - and also said that banning further shipments of armoured vehicles should be part of Canada's response.

"MbS has not taken ownership of the death", Corker said, using the short-hand initials for the crown prince.

She said however that the 17 Saudis targeted by Canada are clearly responsible for Mr. Khashoggi's death. On Tuesday, he said that "what obviously happened, as basically certified by the Central Intelligence Agency, is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world". The U.S., Germany and France have already done something similar.

Canada joined the US on Thursday in sanctioning Saudi officials, including the crown prince, in connection with the murder. "But degrading U.S. -Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies". The escalation began earlier this month with coalition airstrikes hitting the rebels, undermining the latest United Nations efforts to end the three-year war.

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