GOP senators turn up heat on Saudi prince following CIA's Khashoggi briefing

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said he wouldn't rule out supporting the resolution this time when it comes up for a full vote. "He murdered him. No question in my mind".

They say Gina Haspel is to talk to Senate leaders leaders on Tuesday.

Graham also said he would offer a sense of the Senate measure that names the crown prince as responsible for the murder of Khashoggi and that he would not support further arm sales to the kingdom until all individuals complicit in the murder "have been brought to justice".

"I'm not going to destroy the world economy and I'm not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia", the president said.

Bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to Qahtani, his closest adviser who oversaw the team that killed Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist's death in October, according to a highly classified Central Intelligence Agency assessment seen by a USA newspaper on Friday.

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr Khashoggi", Graham said.

But Menendez contended that Saudi Arabia would remain opposed to Iran and rely on U.S. weapons systems in any event.

The Yemen legislation, which may face another procedural vote this week, could set up a bitter year-end Senate floor fight over U.S. war powers.

He added that he had a number of good questions he would have asked Haspel if he'd been included in the briefing.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded more answers into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo said there was "no direct reporting" connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was "no smoking gun" making the connection.

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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL said every senator "should hear what I heard this afternoon".

The senator also says he can not support arms sales to Saudi Arabia so long as the crown prince is in charge.

Members of that chamber are scheduled to receive a briefing from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on December 13, according to a House aide.

USA intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and, according to the United Nations, millions are at risk of starvation.

"If our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a U.S. resident, why shouldn't the public know this?"

They're saying they feel misled and that the Administration has obscured the truth.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said there are still ongoing negotiations over amendments to the resolution.

The Senate could take a vote on proceeding to the Yemen resolution next week.

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

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