Saudi Arabia CRISIS: Turkey demands Khashoggi suspects' extradition as new warrants issued

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Trump, however, had no unkind words for MBS in an official statement released on November 20, when the president stressed that he considered Saudi Arabia a valuable ally and that arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be great for the USA economy. Earlier this year, MIT welcomed the crown prince and his entourage, including a guard linked to the Khashoggi murder, to campus. "There's a smoking saw", Graham said.

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

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

"Saudi Arabia is no different than any other country in a sense that the military-to-military relationship that we have with a given country is completely informed by our policy", Dunford told the Washington Post in an interview on Thursday.

"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".

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. Members of that chamber are scheduled to receive a briefing from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on December 13, according to a House aide.

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Saudi contracts create jobs and additional wealth for the United States, Trump has said. Other Republicans who last week had opposed a resolution directing the president to halt US support of the Saudi war in Yemen now suggested they might change their position after hearing what Haspel had to say in the classified briefing.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the order to kill came from the highest levels of the Saudi regime while insisting it was not from King Salman.

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. One official told Reuters, "The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals". Still, the Senate voted 63-37 to discharge the Yemen resolution from the Foreign Relations committee for consideration last week.

The CIA, meanwhile, is facing growing pressure to brief the full Senate, since Tuesday's briefing comprised only roughly a dozen senators from the party leadership and who sit on key committees.

"Not everything needs to be secret", the Connecticut Democrat tweeted.

The United States now provides arms shipments and logistical support including intelligence and targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries. Indeed, after Haspel's briefing, the groundswell of certainty and disgust will likely complicate the Trump administration's efforts to protect the prince and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a legislative response, CNN reported.

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