Graham, Corker Say Clear Saudi Crown Prince Culpable in Khashoggi's Death

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"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", said Graham, referring to reports that the Saudi team had included a forensic expert who arrived in Istanbul with equipment to dismember Khashoggi's body. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, 2018.

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At last week's hearing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis told senators there was no direct evidence of the crown prince's involvement in Khashoggi's death.

The congressman stressed that it was important to hold Saudi Arabia and Mohammad bin Salman accountable, but added that maintaining a working relationship with the Gulf nation could be in the best interests of the country. Rand Paul is up in arms. I have no question whatsoever now: "The crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through". He said he would "question somebody's judgment if they couldn't figure this out".

He goes on, saying that his views on Saudi Arabia have totally changed, and that new votes will follow.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC who has often been a Trump ally, said the only conclusion was that Prince Mohammed, known as MBS, is responsible for the killing.

Graham said he would not vote for the Yemen resolution. "I have not seen that intelligence nor have I even seen the conclusions. I don't think that ultimately saves lives in the way that the underlying bill does".

Graham voted for a resolution last week that would cancel US support for Saudi Arabia's involvement in the civil war in Yemen.

"It is zero chance, zero, that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince", he told reporters Tuesday.

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Turkey will not hesitate to consult global quarters if a deadlock is reached on the Khashoggi probe, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Graham also authored an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the day, which argued that bin Salman is a "wrecking ball to US-Saudi relations" whose behavior helps only Iran.

Senators, in a rare rebuke of Trump's handling of the situation, moved immediately after the briefing to punish Saudi Arabia by advancing legislation to curtail us backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. There are eight people in Congress who get briefings on intelligence. It's not clear whether Haspel will be there, the aide said.

"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, "I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince's knowledge".

Graham says, "there's not a smoking gun".

Some senators emphasized the need to find a balanced response.

Following online backlash to his comments, Stewart released an additional statement and said the murder of any journalist can not be brushed aside. "That's what the Senate needs help on, and I am open to all suggestions on how to do that". Following the November 28 briefing, Pompeo and Mattis told reporters there was no direct evidence tying MBS to Khashoggi's murder.

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