Saudi ambassador, brother of crown prince, returns to Washington

Saudi ambassador, brother of crown prince, returns to Washington

After the briefing with Haspel, South Carolina Republican Sen.

"There's not a smoking gun".

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was born in Saudi Arabia, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October. Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said Asiri was the one who ordered the operation to repatriate - but not kill - Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has said that the three summits hosted by Riyadh on May 20 and 21 during United States President Donald Trump's visit would "change the game' rules".

Graham said that President Trump has worked to create a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, and he "clearly" isn't being respected. "All evidence points to that all this leads back to the crown prince", Shelby said.

The war in Yemen and the broader issue of the behavior of the Saudi crown prince are not entirely related, and that will be the case that senators opposing the War Powers measure are sure to make when the floor debate takes place. "That might be the real policy question".

Watch Graham's full response to the briefing below. How the legislative push gets resolved is uncertain, but the floor fight could begin as soon as Monday - and put the administration on the defensive.

"But at the same time, it's sort of hard to call this a cover up given the fact that everybody in that briefing last week knew that Pompeo and Mattis were misleading us, knew there was no way this murder happened without the consent and direction of MBS".

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"It's not in our interests to give the crown prince. a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children", Graham said. "I know there are going to be a lot of efforts to try to remove the underlying language and replace it with something weaker". Todd Young (R) said the administration was "clearly and directly blown off" by Riyadh.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Post reported that Khalid told Khashoggi "that he should go to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so". The senators who attended the briefing did not disclose what Haspel presented to them.

The Senate is gearing up for a potentially unwieldy debate over USA policy regarding Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and a Tuesday briefing for key senators from the Central Intelligence Agency chief did nothing to thwart that. "I think he's complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to the highest level possible", he said.

Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement that "every Senator should hear what I heard this afternoon".

"Oh, there was much more information", Durbin said.

The CIA has evidence that the crown prince exchanged 11 messages with Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder, just before and after it took place, according to USA media, including The Wall Street Journal.

"I think the secretary of defense and secretary of state are in a bad spot because the president has given this bear hug to MBS and to the entire Saudi regime so they are bound to carry out his freakish policy", Murphy said, using an acronym for the crown prince. "That's what the Senate needs help on, and I am open to all suggestions on how to do that". Mike Lee, who championed of the resolution, were not included in the Haspel briefing on Tuesday.

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