'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators

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Tuesday's court application says there is "strong suspicion" the two aides were involved in planning the killing.

Riyadh could "address those concerns" by extraditing the suspects to Turkey, the official said.

Saudi Arabia has so far detained 21 people in connection and is seeking death penalties against five of them.

The Istanbul prosecutor in charge of the Turkish investigation said in late October that Khashoggi, a former Saudi insider turned critic, was strangled then his body was cut into pieces.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

The head of the CIA Gina Haspel organized a private briefing among us senators, where he presented evidence of the involvement of the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"If MBS were in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in less than 30 minutes", Corker said, using the prince's initials.

"There's not a smoking gun but a smoking saw".

"There's a smoking saw", Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has called the murder "terrible" but noted that the crown prince had denied any knowledge of the killing ahead of time.

The measure comes despite President Donald Trump's unwavering support for the crown prince.

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The U.N. human rights chief says an global investigation is needed into the "awful" killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The House hasn't indicated it plans to move forward with a similar debate. Republican Senator Bob Corker was there.

The CIA director is set to meet Republican and Democratic Senate leaders, as well as the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees.

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.

Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

That leaves us with the question if the Crown prince's days are numbered in his current position with opposition from USA lawmakers and dissents within his own Royal family. Senators had wanted Haspel to brief them earlier, but the White House reportedly prevented that from happening.

"If there's not (a deal), the other one looks to me like it's going to get 51 votes", he said.

The resolution is largely symbolic, but it registers the Senate's unrest with the killing and the Trump administration's response.

They said this after receiving a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.

However, Ahmed also doesn't think the goal of the U.S. government is to remove and replace the crown prince, either, but rather to "maintain Mohammad bin Salman as a weakened leader", noting it's "more advantageous for USA interests, in their view, because having a weaker leader allows the United States to project its power and influence at a greater level than if he was strong and... a legitimate person in his government".

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