Graham Breaks With Trump: 'Zero Chance' MBS Wasn't Involved In Khashoggi Murder

Graham Breaks With Trump: 'Zero Chance' MBS Wasn't Involved In Khashoggi Murder

The resolution says that the Senate believes the crown prince, known informally as "MbS", "was in control of the security forces at the time of Jamal Khashoggi's murder" and "based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence" in his complicity in the October 2 murder.

John McCain, who has been on board with much of President Donald Trump's agenda since McCain's death in August, Graham has sided with critics of Trump's Saudi Arabia policy over the Khashoggi incident.

"I think he's complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible", Graham said.

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.

Graham said the United States should come down like a "ton of bricks" on the Saudis, adding that he can no longer do business with Saudi Arabia and "cannot support arm sales to Saudi Arabia" if the "crazy" crown prince is still running the country.

Senators have demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on the Khashoggi killing and have signaled they may back broader sanctions against the kingdom.

However, a U.S. official told NBC that Khalid is not expected to be expelled from the country and would continue on as ambassador.

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

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.

He also said: "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw". "You have to be willfully blind" not to see it.

A 15-man Saudi team was sent to Turkey to kill the Washington Post columnist, Middle East Eye previously reported, and his murder took seven minutes.

After saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that Khashoggi was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end US military support for the Saudi kingdom's assault on Yemen. 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. "They have done, I believe, some permanent damage to that standing". Just like the Americans did in 1776 when they decided they didn't want the king, and they didn't want another king or another prince: "they wanted their own government", Ahmed said. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

"I think there is an American desire to keep this at a certain level, to contain it within a balanced level, to allow the United States to project its power and to create greater advantage vis-a-vis the relationship with the Saudi government".

But Graham said he would not support the joint resolution that would cut off military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

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