A ‘Smoking Saw’ Links Saudi Prince to Khashoggi’s Murder, Senator Says

Saul Bowman
December 7, 2018

The two-time Oscar victor was spotted directing Wednesday outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered with a bone saw October 2, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

Corker said Thursday that senators are looking at moving three measures - a resolution to condemn the crown prince for Khashoggi's murder, a bill to suspend arms sales to the kingdom and a resolution to call on President Donald Trump's administration to pull back US help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Turkey has been seeking to extradite 18 suspects, including 15 members of the alleged assassination squad.

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

Corker has been cagey about where he stands on the Yemen war powers resolution, however, and he says he reserves the right to vote either way on the final product.

Senators in both parties have been enraged over the killing and over Trump's equivocating on who is to blame. However, Trump said Central Intelligence Agency did not have any definitive answer on whether the crown prince had been aware of the murder.

In an official statement, Graham declared, "This resolution, without equivocation, definitively states that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and has been a wrecking ball to the region, jeopardizing our national security interests on multiple fronts".

Top senators have also said they're convinced the prince ordered the hit, with Republican Sen. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

Ahmad Al-Basha  AFP  Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018
Ahmad Al-Basha AFP Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018

The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

"I think Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis are following the lead of the president".

"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't", Trump said last month about whether the crown prince had known about the murder.

Senators had wanted a briefing from Haspel about the CIA's assessment that bin-Salman was behind the killing but the Trump administration had sent instead secretaries of state and defence Mike Pompeo and James Mattis to bring them.

On Wednesday, he elaborated by saying that he urged Prince Mohammed to provide the world with "better answers".

"What I've been asked is - if I say something, I need the evidence", he continued. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Khashoggi's killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37.

Durbin joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a full-Senate briefing from Haspel.

USA lawmakers eager to castigate Saudi Arabia for killing a journalist and its conduct of a military campaign in Yemen hope the Senate soon will pass one or more measures reflecting Washington's growing anger.


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