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Will Donald Trump change his mind on the Khashoggi killing?

07 December, 2018, 11:16 | Author: Ted Wilson
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The Saudis have charged 11 people in the case.

Breaking with President Donald Trump, U.S. senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on December 4 said they are even more convinced that Prince Mohammed was involved in Khashoggi's death. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. Haspel, who has reportedly heard an audio recording of the murder, has briefed President Trump about it last month.

Both Qahtani, one of the advisors to the Saudi Crown Prince, and Asiri, Deputy Director of the Saudi secret services, were dismissed from their positions in October over the scandal caused by Khashoggi's murder.

In a statement attempting to clarify his comments later in the day, Stewart said: "We can not brush aside the murder of any journalist, and I have always said that those who are responsible for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi should be held responsible". "Now, the question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself?"

"This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way", Shelby said. Lindsey Graham told reporters.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

He parroted the line from his ruling family's government that Khashoggi, whose articles for the Washington Post were critical of the crown prince, left the consulate unharmed.

MIT president Rafael Reif asked for a review of the university's relationships with the longtime U.S. ally after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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". Trump said such action would hurt the United States and give away large defense contracts to other countries, such as China and Russian Federation.

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On November 20, he said: "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't".

In the wake of Trump's outrageous defense, Congress is closer than ever to ending U.S. complicity in Saudi Arabia's crimes, including support for the brutal proxy war in Yemen.

Going against his own intelligence agency, and not for the first time, Trump has all but given a clean chit to the prince citing lack of clinching evidence, Saudi investments, touting a figure of around $400 billion and strategic help in combatting Iranian influence in the region.

The crown prince ordered and monitored the killing, Senator Bob Corker said.

"That was not good, unacceptable, and something has to be done about it", he said.

He then offered a veiled criticism of Trump. Chris Murphy, a Democrat Connecticut who co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the USA role in Yemen.

"If our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a USA resident, why shouldn't the public know this?"

The school began reviewing its relationships with Saudi Arabia in October amid a global uproar over Khashoggi's killing.

If approved, the resolution would put the Senate on record as saying that the crown prince is responsible for Khashoggi's killing.


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