Senators air frustration after briefing on Khashoggi's death

US House committee urges Saudi Arabia to release doctor

US House committee urges Saudi Arabia to release doctor

Senators left a closed-door briefing with Trump administration officials Monday deeply frustrated by the lack of new information on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with some raising the prospect of placing new sanctions on the government of Saudi Arabia.

According to the United States intelligence agencies, the murder was enacted upon orders by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.

Large quantities of barbeque meat were grilled in the oven after the killing to cover up the cremation of the Saudi writer's body, which took place over a period of three days, Turkish authorities reported, Al Jazeera said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has criticized the Trump administration over its handling of the Khashoggi murder, said that ultimately "Magnitsky is a decision to be made by the president".

"The law's very clear, there needed to be a determination", Menendez said.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of CT said the briefing contained "zero" new information and said he was frustrated by the lack of an intelligence official among the briefers, a move he described as "purposeful".

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According to CNN , the CBI said a written report and audio file from that interview would be released on Thursday. In Watts' confession, he didn't disclose what he talked about with the girls during the long drive, Lambert said.

State and Treasury Department officials brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doors following which U.S. lawmakers say they have learned nothing new. "These folks had no new information", he added.

Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 past year.

Following a weeklong visit to Turkey, U.N. special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, concluded that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death of Khashoggi, which she described as a "brutal and premeditated killing" planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

Senator Jim Risch, the committee's Republican chairman, has not joined the criticism of the administration, but has sought more information.

The report was required after lawmakers previous year triggered a provision of the 2016 Global Magnitsky human rights act requiring that a Trump administration investigation.

"We will not let it go", he said.

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