Turkey seeks arrest of Saudis for murder of Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudis for murder of Khashoggi

Roy Blunt is annoyed with his fellow Republicans, after several walked out of a classified briefing on Tuesday and blasted the Trump administration for willfully ignoring evidence linking Saudi Arabia's crown prince to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senators who weren't invited to Tuesday's briefing, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, Chris Murphy of CT and Tim Kaine of Virginia, where Khashoggi lived, said more senators should also get the same briefing.

USA intelligence officials have said that the murder was carried out by agents of the Saudi government and ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

Istanbul's top prosecutor issued arrest warrants for two close allies of Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday, in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators met on Capitol Hill to reach an agreement on how to target Saudi Arabia and its young leader in response to the murder, as well as the kingdom's controversial war in Yemen. MIT is among dozens of USA universities that accept funding from the Saudi government, but it has stood out for its close relationship with the country's national oil company and other government-owned institutions.

Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

His report suggests that the school should welcome only "appropriate" Saudi visitors in the future, but does not elaborate on the recommendation.

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Senators briefed by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday were almost unanimous in their conclusion there was little doubt the crown prince - also known as MBS - was involved, and many felt misled by remarks from Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the matter. It would also pressure US President Donald Trump to decide whether to veto the measure.

Senators have demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on the Khashoggi killing and have signaled they may back broader sanctions against the kingdom.

In recent years, the kingdom and Prince Mohammed have cultivated an image of Saudi Arabia as a country on the path to modernization, providing its citizens with greater freedoms, such as permitting women to drive.

A sizable number of senators on both sides of the aisle have rejected the administration's handling of the Khashoggi killing.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

"I can not support arms sales to Saudi Arabia as long as he's in charge of this country", Graham told reporters.

"And we're going to continue to press for answers".

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