Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

Among the evidence linking MbS to Khashoggi's murder is an alleged phone call in which Saudi ambassador to the United States and brother to MbS, Khalid bin Salman, told Khashoggi to go to the consulate in Turkey, reports The Washington Post.

Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, said it was "critical" that Haspel or another Central Intelligence Agency official be present for the private session. Lawmakers also vented their frustration during a procedural vote on Yemen.

After a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, as Fox News previously reported, several senators said they were unsatisfied and likely to back the resolution to halt US interference.

The CIA has assessed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved Khashoggi's killing, according to a person briefed on the matter.

The vote to advance the resolution is a blow to the President Donald Trump and his administration, who have been ardent supporters of the Saudis in the proxy war against Iran.

Mattis' statement came during his meeting with United States senators in a closed briefing at Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Pompeo told reporters after the briefing: "There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi". A large majority of the Senate has pushed back against the president's defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is suspected of ordering the murder.

Several senators were not convinced. "But, again, I do want to emphasize this case is not closed as far as Canada is concerned", she said. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican and the outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Senator Bob Menendez, the committee's top Democrat, said Washington was basically telling an ally "you can kill with impunity". "But I may now be willing to get on the [legislative] vehicle, knowing it can be amended, to figure out some way for us to send the appropriate message to Saudi Arabia that appropriately displays American values and American national interest". "I think they [the senators] know he will toe the line of the White House regardless of the reality on the ground".

Congress still has some important work to do before the holidays.

As CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports from the Argentine capital, Mr. Trump was arriving at the summit on Thursday facing a range of challenges - both in Buenos Aires, and at home.

In a 63-37 vote on Wednesday, the Senate advanced debate on a bill that would revoke US support for the Saudi intervention.

The resolution is expected to pass. Khalid "made the call at his brother's direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by US intelligence".

U.S. military chiefs like Mattis, meanwhile, have a tendency to want to continue the status quo, Otis said.

A man inspects rubble after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, February 4, 2018.

President Donald Trump, a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia who has touted the country's lucrative purchase of arms from the US and whose personal financial connections to the nation are under scrutiny, has threatened to veto the bill if it arrives on his desk. But I have read the translation twice, the day they were given to me, and I have also - beginning around ted days ago, two weeks ago, ten days ago - that I reviewed once again all the intel we have. Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. He wondered why, after the killing, the USA should "so blindly and so willingly" join the Saudis in their war in Yemen.

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