Khashoggi murder: Turkey orders arrest of senior Saudi officials

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Indeed, after Haspel's briefing, the groundswell of certainty and disgust will likely complicate the administration's efforts to protect the prince and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a legislative response. Supporters of the resolution, like Sen.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) fears that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will force the United States to take drastic action against Saudi Arabia someday if he doesn't quit his authoritarian practices like orchestrating the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Graham asserts pretty blatantly that Trump himself is tied up in the killing to some extent.

Corker suggested that US President Donald Trump had condoned the murder of a journalist by refusing to condemn the Saudi crown prince.

"The current construct is not sustainable", Graham added. "The motion to proceed's going to pass, and we're going to be in a fearless new world", the Connecticut Democrat told Roll Call on Tuesday.

Following a closed-door briefing between CIA Director Gina Haspel and senators on Tuesday, the Republican from SC stood firmly in opposition to Trump's continued support of the Saudi leader.

The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".

The office of Istanbul's prosecutor on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for two Saudi officials for their alleged links to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. "I can foresee a circumstance where a bunch of amendments might be voted down and at some point, [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's] got to move to a vote on the underlying resolution", Murphy said. Initially, Saudi authorities had said Khashoggi, who had written articles critical of the crown prince's policies, had disappeared, after safely leaving the consulate.

Ahmad Al-Basha  AFP  Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018
Ahmad Al-Basha AFP Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018

At last week's hearing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis told senators there was no direct evidence of the crown prince's involvement in Khashoggi's death. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker told Roll Call Tuesday afternoon that interested parties would be meeting on Wednesday to try to find an agreement on handling the contentious Yemen resolution.

Trump has said the Central Intelligence Agency findings on the crown prince were not conclusive. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".

"She didn't tell them anything that (Mattis and Pompeo didn't say)", the Texas Republican said, "so any senator who wants the information has had access to it".

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 diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

"We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country's long-term interests, values and reputation", wrote Graham, a frequent ally of the president, of the Senate.

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