Trudeau told Saudi prince 'better answers' are needed on Khashoggi killing

07 December, 2018, 11:17 | Author: Donnie King
  • Senator Lindsey Graham after the CIA briefing
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The Saudis have charged 11 people in the case.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the crown prince was "complicit in the murder" of Khashoggi.

He spoke to reporters as he left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Trump, however, had no unkind words for MBS in an official statement released on November 20, when the president stressed that he considered Saudi Arabia a valuable ally and that arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be great for the USA economy.

As The Daily Beast points out, Stewart's comments are similar to ones Trump made last month when speaking to reporters.

"I believe it's vitally important to U.S. national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident - Mr. Khashoggi - who has three American citizen children", Graham said in a statement.

In recent years, the kingdom and Prince Mohammed have cultivated an image of Saudi Arabia as a country on the path to modernization, providing its citizens with greater freedoms, such as permitting women to drive.

"This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way", Shelby said. "By extraditing all suspects to Turkey, where Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered, the Saudi authorities could address those concerns", the Turkish official added.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.




Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's president, said Thursday that the two-time Oscar victor interviewed him in Ankara as part of his "preliminary preparations" for the documentary before leaving for Istanbul where he was due to meet with Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee.

But the murder of Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist, added to frustration with the kingdom and prompted even stronger demands for a shift in relations.

The senators said Haspel's briefing contradicted information from Trump, as well as Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

On November 20, he said: "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't".

The first vote would be on a motion to proceed to the joint resolution that seeks to stop US support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The intelligence agency is also believed to have evidence that the crown prince communicated repeatedly with an aide who commanded the team that assassinated Khashoggi, around the time of the journalist's death. Corker said the Foreign Relations panel may vote on the other two measures related to Saudi Arabia, though it's uncertain if there would be time to bring them to the floor or enough support to move them.

Lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee used a nomination hearing on Tuesday that included Christopher Henzel, a career diplomat tapped to be next ambassador to Yemen, to vent their frustrations about the Trump administration over its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Sen.

"That was not good, unacceptable, and something has to be done about it", he said.

"Not everything needs to be secret", the Connecticut Democrat tweeted.

But, Stewart said, the United States has to continue relationships with those countries. In that statement, Trump reiterated that he did not see any concrete proof linking MBS to Khashoggi's murder.

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