Jamal Khashoggi killing: Turkey issues arrest warrant for Saudi prince allies

CIA Director Gina Haspel departs the Capitol Rotunda after visiting the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in Washington

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Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a United States resident since 2017, was killed during his visit to the consulate to obtain marriage-related paperwork on October 2.

However US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he had "zero question in my mind" that Prince Mohammed directed the killing after an hour-long briefing to a small group of senators by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong-and that MBS himself did not order the killing. "I think he's complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible".

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

Khashoggi, a one-time royal insider who had been critical of the crown prince recently, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.

Graham took a sharply different response in his remarks after a Tuesday briefing, saying that he had "high confidence" that it would have been "virtually impossible" for Khashoggi to have been murdered without Mohammad bin Salman's knowledge.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday night that he's going to come down "like a ton of bricks" on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Graham added that his opinion on Saudi Arabia had changed and that he would no longer support the war in Yemen or arms sales between the US and the kingdom until the issue was addressed.

Blunt is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the fourth-ranking member of Senate GOP leadership. Soon after that briefing, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, senators voted overwhelmingly to advance a resolution to cut American military assistance to Saudi Arabia. Chris Murphy, a Democrat Connecticut who co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the U.S. role in Yemen. "And at the same time what is protecting US interests, what is going to counter Shia extremists; what will help bring stability; what will help bring an end to the war in Yemen".

The CIA has not commented publicly on its assessment of the Khashoggi killing, and Haspel spoke to just a small number of Senate leaders in a closed session.

"I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason", Khalid tweeted on 16 November.

Senators were eager to hear directly from Haspel about what officials have described as the CIA's conclusion that Prince Mohammed had ordered Khashoggi's killing, the Times said.

Thus, every time the White House tries to put the matter to rest, it only appears to inflame the issue, which is also fueling support for a push to end USA involvement in the war in Yemen.

A senior Turkish official Wednesday said the prosecutor's move "reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals".

Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that an global investigation was needed to determine who was responsible for the murder of Khashoggi.

Following the sanctions, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the case of Khashoggi's murder is still not closed.

He also said that Haspel "should brief the full Senate without delay".

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