Senate Gears Up for Unpredictable Debate on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

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Senate Gears Up for Unpredictable Debate on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Last week, the Senate voted by a wide margin to take up debate on a resolution to end controversial USA support for the war in Yemen being waged by Saudi Arabia and its allies since 2015 and to extend Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against suspected conspirators in the Khashoggi murder to the crown prince as well.

Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to brief a dozen or so senators on intelligence the CIA had about Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two months ago.

Bob Corker said he had "zero question in my mind" it was Prince Salman, and Lindsey Graham said the "crazy" crown prince was "complicit" to the "highest level possible".

Penn was pictured in Istanbul as Turkey announced that they are seeking the arrest of two allies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder.

"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", said Graham, referring to reports that the Saudi team had included a forensic expert who arrived with equipment to dismember Khashoggi's body. The U.S. resident was critical of the Saudi regime.

"If someone said Secretary Mattis or Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart told CNN.

"And we're going to continue to press for answers". "All evidence points to that all this leads back to the crown prince", Shelby said.

"The worldwide community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official said, adding that by extraditing all suspects to Turkey, "Saudi authorities could address those concerns".

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.

He added: "You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of [Mohammed bin Salman] and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi".

"It is wrong to suggest that maintaining USA alliances consists of mutually exclusive choices between power and principles", he said.

Saudi authorities said the agents who killed Khashoggi exceeded their authority.

After saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that Khashoggi was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives. The Saudi coalition faced criticism for indiscriminately bombing civilian targets and infrastructure, though the Trump administration argues the situation would be much worse without US assistance.

"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in the statement.

Graham, who is a member of the armed services and foreign relations committees, told Fox News that he he could no longer support arms sales to Riyadh under Mohammed, who he called "a wrecking ball when it comes to the Mideast".

The Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir meanwhile was also in Washington Friday to represent his country at the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush, according to Baeshen.

But Graham said he would not support the joint resolution that would cut off military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

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