Graham, Corker Say Clear Saudi Crown Prince Culpable in Khashoggi's Death

Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama Bahrain Feb. 1 2015

"Guilty. So the question is, 'What do we do about that?'"

The intelligence community, which President Trump has continued to ignore, concluded that Crown Prince bin Salman personally ordered Khashoggi's murder.

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.

The United States now provides arms shipments and logistical support including intelligence and targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries.

"The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime".

Bipartisan leaders from the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Appropriations subcommittees that fund the State and Defense departments were expected to be included.

"I went into the briefing believing it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince's knowledge", Graham added.

Asked if he meant convicted of a murder charge, Corker said: "Yes". "There's a smoking saw". "As to Pompeo and Mattis, I have great respect for them".

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Senators who weren't invited to Tuesday's briefing, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, Chris Murphy of CT and Tim Kaine of Virginia, where Khashoggi lived, said more senators should also get the same briefing.

"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham told reporters, apparently referring to the bone saw that the Khashoggi assassins brought along when they entrapped, killed, and dismembered him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "It is zero chance - zero - that this happened without the crown prince".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded more answers into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Senate voted last week to debate the USA assistance, and additional Senate action is expected in the coming days. Trump is also very hesitant to ruin the U.S.'s relationship with the Saudis. Sen. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said. Millions are suffering severe food shortages and are at risk of starvation, according to aid groups.

The CIA has not commented on the reports of Tuesday's briefing.

But many details had already leaked. "All evidence points to that all this leads back to the crown prince", Shelby said.

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".

Corker also suggested that the briefing last week, which featured Pompeo and Mattis but not Haspel, was entirely misleading.

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