Turkey seeks arrest of Saudis for murder of Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudis for murder of Khashoggi

Senate passage of either resolution on Saudi Arabia would not, by itself, force the Trump administration to take any specific actions.

The office of Istanbul's prosecutor on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for two Saudi officials for their alleged links to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey. The president has said he is not certain that MBS killed Khashoggi, and his secretaries of Defense and State told reporters last week that there is no definitive proof the Saudi crown prince is to blame.

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

Introduced by a top ally of President Donald Trump, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, and by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the resolution says the Senate "has a high level of confidence" that the crown prince 'was complicit in the murder'.

But it emphasized that it would "continue as before to welcome scholars and students from Saudi Arabia to the Harvard community".

Graham went into explicit detail when confronted by reporters. The school has said it would assess "potential implications for existing programs" in light of the Khashoggi killing.

"If we don't stop it now, it gets worse later", Graham said, adding that MBS has been a "wrecking ball" the Middle East.

That vote came after an all-senators briefing with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which was widely criticized by both parties on account of Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel's conspicuous absence.

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Top senators eager to target Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi plan to meet Thursday to try to cut a bipartisan deal curtailing United States involvement in the war in Yemen, suspend arms sales with the Saudi kingdom and rebuke the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

A team of 15 Saudi agents, allegedly sent by Qahtani, assassinated Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Todd Young, R-Ind., that would suspend weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions on people blocking humanitarian access in Yemen, among other actions. "They have done, I believe, some permanent damage to that standing".

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said he wouldn't rule out supporting the resolution this time when it comes up for a full vote. Rubio is a member of the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago.

"Let me just put it this way: I think if he was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes. It's not based on friendship as much as it's based on common interests, combating extremism in the Middle East and countering the Iranian threat", said Senator John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican.

Menendez has called for a strong U.S. reaction to Khashoggi's death and backs legislation to end all USA support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some lawmakers is "the very definition of the deep state" and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some lawmakers to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information.

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