Hollywood star calls for action on Khashoggi's murder

Hollywood star calls for action on Khashoggi's murder

Graham said he supported the idea of stopping USA aid for the war in Yemen, but thought the war powers resolution was not constitutional.

A previous Associated Press analysis of federal data found that MIT is among 37 USA universities that received $350 million from the Saudi government over the last decade.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hoped to hold a hearing early next week on legislation that included a broad range of efforts to clamp down on Riyadh, including new sanctions and an end to military sales.

The prosecutor's office has concluded there is "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who were removed from their positions in October, were among the planners of the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the officials said.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to leave the door open on blame in the Khashoggi killing, telling reporters on the way to a Defeat-ISIS coalition meeting in Ottawa, "We are continuing to review".

Riyadh has blamed rogue agents for the slaying of Khashoggi, a US resident, at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey two months ago.

"There is zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through", Corker said Tuesday after the closed-door briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel and a handful of senators.




"All evidence is pointing to MBS [Mohammed bin Salman] in this horrific murder, and there is no exculpatory evidence that's been provided by anyone - it's not there, there's a reason for that", Colorado Republican Cory Gardner told VOA.

The resolution is largely symbolic, but it registers the Senate's discomfort with the killing and the response of U.S. President Donald Trump. Senators on both sides of the aisle do not want this issue to go away without a fight.

"Symbols matter", Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine said. "So there's - whether you call it smoking gun, smoking saw; if can point to something that says somebody is implicated, I've already said where I stand on that, and even my adversaries have learned to count on my word". He wrote, "Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

The Senate could also vote on a separate measure next week to force the U.S. to end its military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. "Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Yemen, and an overreaction, in my view, would mean that we cancel arms sales and simply abandon our ally".

Saudi contracts create jobs and additional wealth for the United States, Trump has said.

For some, action is long overdue. "That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi".

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