Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Rubio: 'No Doubt' Crown Prince Involved in Khashoggi Murder

Rubio: 'No Doubt' Crown Prince Involved in Khashoggi Murder

The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul filed an application on Tuesday to obtain the warrants for Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, described in court documents as being "among the planners" of Khashoggi's grisly killing.

Turkey has been looking to extradite 18 suspects which include 15 of the alleged assassination group.

Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, went to Twitter to voice his opinion, smashing the caps lock to say "ENOUGH!" in regards to Saudi Arabia's behavior. Assiri and Qahtani were reportedly suspended from their duties but they do not face criminal charges.

"The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official continued.

"Saudi Arabia is no different than any other country in a sense that the military-to-military relationship that we have with a given country is completely informed by our policy", Dunford told the Washington Post in an interview on Thursday.

But after a briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, senators accused the Prince Mohammed of being behind the killing. Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday "there's a smoking saw" in the case against him.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to "The Washington Post", who vanished on 2 October 2018 during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the chamber will have a briefing from intelligence officials next week on Khashoggi and "we'll know more after that". Regardless, his party members are sick of it, and a showdown between Trump and these senators seems inevitable. It says Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for "contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the blockade of Qatar, the jailing of political dissidents within Saudi Arabia, the use of force to intimidate rivals, and the abhorrent and unjustified killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

President Erdogan meets with Trump and Putin at G20 summit in Argentina
Efforts to obtain Russian governmental approval were still being discussed as late as June of that year, he said. Donald Trump is under pressure in the United States because of a "survey" Russian still more threatening.

It's unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward.

Whatever was revealed in that Central Intelligence Agency briefing had to be irrefutable for so much of Trump's senate supporters to lash out like this.

But the debate could become a virtual trial over Prince Mohammed's responsibility for Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Trump's effort to downplay it. Senators could add amendments to further punish the kingdom. The Trump administration has issued sanctions against the individuals who carried out the crime, but Trump himself issued a strong, yet befuddling, statement of support for the kingdom, citing economic benefits for the U.S. In that statement, Trump vacillated on bin Salman's involvement: "maybe he did, maybe he didn't" know about the murder scheme.

Despite significant evidence, the White House continues to deny the Saudi Royal Family had a role in Jamal Khashoggi's murder. "I think we have the votes to proceed (on his resolution) and I hope we can proceed in an orderly way".

"What I've been asked is - if I say something, I need the evidence", he continued. "As to Pompeo and Mattis, I have great respect for them".

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. He was not in Haspel's briefing, which was attended by a select number of committee chairs and top-ranking Democrats. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", the senator said.

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