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'Not a Smoking Gun...A Smoking Saw': Senators Convinced on Khashoggi Killing

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Two key Republican senators said Tuesday a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel had only strengthened their conviction Prince Mohammed was behind the crime - a charge he denies.

Graham has been particularly incensed by this, even sending a message to President Donald Trump on Fox News last night that he can't let Saudi Arabia get away with this lest he look "weak."

The bipartisan resolution seeks to hold the crown prince accountable for "the abhorrent and unjustified murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi" as well as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, preventing a resolution to the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar and the jailing and torturing of dissidents inside Saudi Arabia.

The office of Istanbul's prosecutor on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for two Saudi officials for their alleged links to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

He also said he expected a vote in the Senate next week on a war powers resolution to stop USA support for the war in Yemen, which has produced one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters.

On Nov. 28, the Senate voted 63 to 37 to advance a resolution that calls on the United States to end its military involvement in Yemen.

"I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening".

Ahmad Al-Basha  AFP  Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018
Ahmad Al-Basha AFP Getty ImagesA woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez Yemen Nov. 21 2018

"Let me just put it this way: I think if he was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes".

Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said. Chris Murphy, a Democrat Connecticut who co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the U.S. role in Yemen.

He went on to suggest that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis were being "technical" "good soldiers" for the goals of the Trump administration.

Sean Penn is making a documentary about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish media reports. "MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball".

Haspel delivered a closed-door briefing on the Khashoggi murder to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees on Tuesday morning.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives. You'd have to be "willfully blind" to not conclude Mohammed was responsible, he 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".

Three GOP lawmakers have voiced their own conclusions since a separate classified briefing on Tuesday. "As to Pompeo and Mattis, I have great respect for them". Graham said that may be true, but there is certainly a "smoking bonesaw", alluding to the murder weapon suspected to have killed Khashoggi.