Senators blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi's death

UN urges international inquiry on Khashoggi killing

UN urges international inquiry on Khashoggi killing

The Saudi prince is facing continuing pressure over the October 2 killing of the journalist inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul.

Assiri, the former deputy head of general intelligence, often sat in during Prince Mohammed's closed-door meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries.

"I'll tell you what I did think: I think when you have a classified Central Intelligence Agency briefing you don't come out of the room and talk about it", Blunt said on Wednesday.

US actor and filmmaker Sean Penn and his crew on Wednesday did some shooting in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul reportedly for a documentary on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the mission.

Report Gina Haspel was held behind closed doors, and senators have publicly indicated what details point to the involvement of the Prince to murder.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

Pompeo and Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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"I can not support arms sales to Saudi Arabia as long as he's in charge of this country", Graham told reporters.

Imad Salamey, a Lebanese political analyst, told The Media Line that despite the recent bipartisan condemnations of the crown prince, "internal conflicts between the two political parties, as well as disputes between pro- and anti-Trump people have been deepening".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is "zero chance" the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death.

But it has strongly denied the crown prince was involved. One official told Reuters, "The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals". "His status as such remains unchanged", the official said.

On Saturday Erdogan insisted that the Saudis extradite suspects in the killing to Turkey for trial, but said the kingdom was not cooperating.

Cavusoglu also criticised the lack of evidence given to Turkey by Riyadh as he urged the kingdom to be "transparent".

"As far as I know, the US has never been in a situation like this with the Saudis where such an egregious incident has become very public and global". The filmmaker was spotted near the Saudi consulate, where the journalist was murdered, along with 10 other men from the film crew.

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