Saudi aide named in Khashoggi murder report sworn in as UAE envoy
Feb 12 2019
President Donald Trump has resisted such legislative efforts, viewing weapons sales as an important source of U.S. jobs and standing by Saudi crown prince and Trump's ally, Mohammed bin Salman. "Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfil his duty", Murphy said. It alleged US intelligence agencies intercepted a 2017 conversation between Aldakhil and Mohammed bin Salman in which the crown prince threatened to kill Khashoggi if he did not stop criticizing the Saudi government and return to the kingdom.
The CIA has concluded the Saudi operation was likely directed by the powerful crown prince, but the White House has sidestepped that finding amid strenuous denials by Riyadh, a key U.S. ally. Lawmakers, including Menendez and Sen.
A year before Khashoggi was murdered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticizing the government from his perch in the US, the Times reported on Thursday. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Khashoggi and the Saudis' role in Yemen.
Murphy said lawmakers could go to court to try to make the president comply, or they can move forward with their own list of sanctions.
"I wish Congress would take a step back", he said. After initially offering contradictory statements, the kingdom confirmed that Saudi agents killed him inside the consulate, but denied its senior leaders were behind the killing.
"There was no order given to conduct this operation", he said, describing the murder of the dissident as a "huge mistake". His body has not been recovered. "We have a number of possibilities, and we're asking what [the alleged murderers] did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing". Pompeo also noted that the USA sanctioned 17 Saudi individuals for their involvement in the killing, but the letter did not assess whether the crown prince was responsible. "This was not a government-sanctioned operation".