Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

'Zero question' MBS directed Khashoggi murder, U.S. senators say

U.S. senators more certain than ever Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing 'Zero question' MBS directed Khashoggi murder, U.S. senators say
Kenny Thornton | 04 December, 2018, 21:28

The move comes after US senators demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on Khashoggi's killing in Turkey, and whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia issued the kill order.

On 20 November 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". "I think he's complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, to the highest level possible", Graham told reporters after he came out of the meeting with Haspel.

"Let me just put it this way".

"I think the behaviour before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing and I can not see him being a reliable partner to the United States".

Khashoggi's murder in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has opened a rift between the Trump administration and some of its most consistent supporters in Congress - including Sen. Asked by a reporter if it would be a murder conviction, Corker replied "yes".

Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'

The Senate is due to vote in the coming days on a measure that would cut off U.S. military support for Saudi military operations in Yemen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Congress is looking for an "appropriate" response to Khashoggi's murder, but said the USA needs to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is briefing some senators Tuesday on what her agency knows about Khashoggi's death, after she was not included in an earlier briefing alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Haspel is also expected to brief leaders and top committee members of the House within the next two weeks on Khashoggi's killing, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters.

The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny that the crown prince was involved. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that he couldn't even have asked for an invitation to the briefing because he only found out about it from the media.

Israel launches operation to cut off Hezbollah infiltration tunnels
It said the army had "enhanced its presence and readiness" and was prepared for "various scenarios". Conricus believes they are evidence of an even bigger threat to Israel - Iran.

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