Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince aides over Khashoggi

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 MoreCloseclosemore
Gerardo Duncan | 06 December, 2018, 05:41

Secondly, Congress could impose sanctions against the MBS and other members of the Saudi government who are implicated in the murder of Khashoggi, though the Treasury Department (operating under the president's authority) would actually implement and execute any such sanctions, he added.

The Turkish government has insisted that the ordering of Khashoggi's murder came from the highest levels of the Saudi royal family -namely, Crown Prince bin Salman - and is seeking the extradition of all suspects to Istanbul.

After that briefing, Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. 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.

After the hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that there is zero chance the crown prince wasn't involved.

Haspel delivered a closed-door briefing on the Khashoggi murder to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees on Tuesday morning. They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said US involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

"If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come, I find it very hard to be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe", he said.

"I talked directly to the prince in Buenos Aires, telling him that we need better answers on what happened to Khashoggi and who is responsible for it", he said.
He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. Rand Paul is up in arms. "And I think if the Senate can make that statement, it puts us on a new path to trying to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia that is beneficial and sustainable".

Despite these heavy suspicions, the administration of President Donald Trump has sought to distance the Saudi leadership from the affair and insisted there is no direct proof Prince Mohammed ordered the killing.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said after the briefing that somebody should be punished. About his disappearance became known after he, along with the bride called for the building of the Consulate of Saudi Arabia. "MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball".

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