Sean Penn filming documentary on murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Geneva Stokes
December 7, 2018

Among the options: pull back from U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen; deny any arms sales with Saudi Arabia; slap the crown prince with sanctions, along with a resolution saying the Senate finds him complicit in murder, it said.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks with reporters as senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation in an effort to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 6, 2018.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an global investigation.

Despite President Donald Trump's desire to maintain close ties to Saudi Arabia, several of his fellow Republicans have joined Democrats in blaming the crown prince for Khashoggi's death and backing legislation to respond by ending US support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, imposing new sanctions and stopping weapons sales.

"The worldwide community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official said, adding that by extraditing all suspects to Turkey, "Saudi authorities could address those concerns".

Despite his cozy relationship with Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham has been one of the leading voices against the Saudis.

Absent from Canada's sanction list was the crown prince.

Trudeau met the Saudi prince while at the G20 summit in Argentina.

But two key US Republican senators said a Tuesday briefing by the CIA's director only strengthened their conviction that Prince Mohammed directed the murder.

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday.

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It is not yet known whether MBS will also meet with ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is rarely seen in public. In a statement obtained by AFP, 17 prominent journalists and intellectuals sharply criticised the Saudi leader.

The measure also cites the initial insistence from Saudi officials that Khashoggi had left the consulate unharmed - statements that proved to be false.

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

Saudi Arabia has already detained 21 people and says it is seeking the death penalty for five.

Lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee used a nomination hearing on Tuesday that included Christopher Henzel, a career diplomat tapped to be next ambassador to Yemen, to vent their frustrations about the Trump administration over its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Sen.

"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Sen.

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to US military aid in the Saudi-led war in Yemen which has found new support in the wave of attention to Khashoggi's death.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said.

"If someone said Secretary Mattis or Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart told CNN.

"I'll tell you what I did think: I think when you have a classified Central Intelligence Agency briefing you don't come out of the room and talk about it", Blunt said on Wednesday.

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