U.S. senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince

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The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the classified briefing.

The closed-door meeting, which was attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi among others, comes a day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are to brief the full House on the killing.

A report with bylines of Rampton and Holland claimed: "Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder, but he provided perhaps his most explicit show of support for the prince since Khashoggi's death more than two months ago".

A small group of Republican and Democratic House members received a briefing Wednesday by CIA Director Gina Haspel on US military assistance to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen's bloody civil war, as well as the brutal assassination of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., sponsored the resolution to withdraw US military aid from the war in Yemen with Sen. Mike Lee and independent Sen. Still, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calls the vote "a profound message".

"I think that the resolution itself is a sufficient answer to the Khashoggi scandal because this is the most important foreign policy priority of MBS", Murphy said, referring to Prince Mohammed.

"It says to the country, it says to the world, the United States Senate - hopefully in good numbers today - says we will not be part of this brutal, horrific war in Yemen led by an undemocratic, despotic regime", Sanders told NPR. Sanders tweeted that "we must finally end U.S. involvement in this humanitarian and strategic disaster". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said minutes later.

It appears unlikely that the House would be willing to consider either measure.

Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince
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The vote was largely symbolic because the House of Representatives is not expected to take the matter up this year, and Trump has threatened a veto.

Senators have been enraged over Khashoggi's killing in October and over President Donald Trump's equivocating on who is to blame.

The U.S. has long overlooked Saudi Arabia's human rights record and viewed the country as a close trade, military, and energy-production ally.

Saudi Arabia was in the spotlight as the Senate considered US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and intelligence about Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

Turkey said on Monday the world should seek justice for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under global law after Riyadh ruled out extraditing two senior Saudi officials who Turkish officials suspect planned his killing in Istanbul.

USA intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. "Maybe he did, and maybe he didn't!"

Saudi Arabia has denied that the crown prince was involved and has arrested 21 people in connection with the killing.

Altun told Reuters that Saudi authorities had not been sufficiently cooperative and Turkey has seen "little evidence of the Saudi prosecutors intending to shed light on what happened to Mr. Khashoggi".

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