Senators send rebuke to Saudis, Trump over Khashoggi killing

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2018

The sanctions, which freezes their assets and bars their travel to Canada, "target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. US intelligence agencies have concluded that the Saudi crown prince must have at least known about a plot.

"The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse". I don't think the War Powers Act is one, constitutional, (and) two, the aid we provide to Saudi Arabia and Yemen would require an authorization to use military force.

Wednesday's procedural vote sets up a floor debate on the resolution next week. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, drew a mix of Democrats and Republicans who had grown uneasy with US involvement in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Buenos Aires: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit here on Thursday and they discussed ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties. "What obviously happened [in the Khashoggi case] is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world", Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.

"And of course Saudi Arabia is absolutely crucial for that goal, and I'm ready to discuss it with the crown prince or with any other Saudi officials because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment", Guterres said.

Canada announced targeted sanctions Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.


And Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is often strongly allied with Trump, voted to move forward with the resolution and said he would insist on a briefing from Haspel.

CIA Press Secretary Timothy Barrett said Haspel didn't attend because the CIA already briefed the Intelligence Committee and congressional leadership and "will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress", adding that "the notion that anyone told Director Haspel not to attend today's briefing is false".

The de facto Saudi ruler arrived in Argentina on Wednesday, bidding to shrug off global outrage over the October 2 murder in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Pompeo says USA involvement in the conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Mattis, in prepared remarks released before the closed briefing, said that "we must maintain our twin requirements of holding those responsible for the murder to account, while recognizing the reality of Saudi Arabia as a necessary strategic partner".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to American security interests.

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