U.S. senators pass resolution stating Saudi Crown Prince was complicit Khashoggi’s murder

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"I believe it's vitally important to USA national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident, Mr. Khashoggi, who has three American citizen children", Graham said in a statement.

WASHINGTON: The Saudi ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman, brother of the powerful crown prince, has returned to Washington after leaving the USA capital in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an official said Wednesday.

The U.S. has slapped sanctions on Saudis involved in the murder. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", the senator said.

"And we're going to continue to press for answers".

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

"You have to be wilfully blind" not to conclude the murder was orchestrated by people under Prince Mohammed's command, Graham said, following a briefing to several senators by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

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Istanbul's top prosecutor issued arrest warrants for two close allies of Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday, in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"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.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, an ally of President Donald Trump who has been critical of the White House's handling of the Khashoggi crisis, has pushed the resolution forward.

A sizable number of senators on both sides of the aisle have rejected the administration's handling of the Khashoggi killing.

"Symbols matter", Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine said. "They have done, I believe, some permanent damage to that standing". After disappearing the Saudi government revealed that he had been killed in what it claimed as a fight at the consulate.

He also said he expected a vote in the Senate next week on a war powers resolution to stop U.S. support for the war in Yemen, which has produced one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. John Cornyn, R-Texas, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Oct. 11, 2018 in Washington. Rand Paul, who was not invited to the meeting, joined Graham and Corker in criticizing the administration.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign in Yemen against the Houthis, Shi'ite Muslim fighters that Yemen's neighbors view as agents of Iran.

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

Secretary of Defense James Mattis responded to criticisms after he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an intelligence brief to Senators on the murder of Saudi Jamal Khashoggi. Sen.

For some, action is long overdue.

The Senate resolution notes that Khashoggi was a USA resident at the time of his murder and his three children are USA citizens.

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