Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Leading US senators say they are more certain than ever Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after they received a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.

United States lawmakers on Tuesday heard the CIA's assessment about Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi first hand from the agency's director, who confirmed and affirmed what they have long suspected. In contrast to statements from President Donald Trump-who has said "we may never know" if the crown prince was culpable-several senators came out of the briefing saying they were more convinced than ever.

In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, BBC reported. Graham, who's proven to be a staunch Trump supporter as of late, goes as far to say that he and his party members were purposefully mislead by Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis, who had previously said there was no "smoking gun".

The prosecutor's office has concluded there is "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri, both removed from their positions in October, were among the planners of Khashoggi's Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the officials said.

Graham (R-S.C.) said that the October killing of Khashoggi could not have taken place without MBS knowing about it.

Graham spoke after a Senate briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel and said one would have to "be willfully blind" not to come to the conclusion that Khashoggi's death was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince.

Prince Mohammed "is a wrecking ball", Sen.

Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the Appropriations Committee chairman, echoed that "all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince".

He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Some senators want to pass the Yemen resolution.

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The Yemen legislation could set up a bitter year-end Senate floor fight over USA war powers.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that an global investigation was needed to determine who was responsible for the murder of Khashoggi.

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

Haspel had faced mounting pressure to speak to senators and more fully explain the CIA's findings after the White House last week excluded her from a Senate briefing.

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.

When asked if he thought Haspel's briefing had changed any minds, Sen. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and Prince Mohammed, who Turkish officials - and reportedly the Central Intelligence Agency - have concluded was behind the critic's death.

Thus, every time the White House tries to put the matter to rest, it only appears to inflame the issue, which is also fueling support for a push to end US involvement in the war in Yemen. It's not clear whether Haspel will be there, the aide said.

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