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OffbeatSenate votes to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for Khashoggi killing

23:15  13 december  2018
23:15  13 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The unanimous vote to hold Mohammed responsible for Khashoggi ’s killing reflects the extent to which senators in both parties have grown tired of Trump’s continued defense of Mohammed ’s denials. It also puts significant pressure on leaders in the House

The Senate voted unanimously on Dec. 13 to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi .

Senate votes to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for Khashoggi killing© Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to the media Wednesday about efforts to curtail U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The Senate cast two historic votes Thursday to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen and condemn the Saudi crown prince as responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivering clear political rebukes of President Trump’s continued embrace of the kingdom.

The unanimous vote to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Khashoggi’s murder reflects the extent to which senators of both parties have grown tired of Trump’s continued defense of Mohammed’s denials. It also puts significant pressure on leaders in the House — where the president’s Saudi policy is a much more partisan issue — to allow members to cast a similar vote condemning the crown prince before the end of the year.

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Moments later, senators unanimously approved a separate resolution to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia personally “Unanimously, the United States Senate has said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

The unanimous vote to hold Mohammed responsible for Khashoggi ’s killing reflects the extent to which senators in both parties have grown tired But leaders will still be under considerable pressure to allow members to vote on the measure condemning Mohammed for Khashoggi ’s killing before

Regardless, the two Senate votes Thursday set the stage for broader strategic debates about Saudi policy when Congress regroups next year.

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Just before the Senate voted to condemn Mohammed over Khashoggi’s murder, senators voted 56-to-41 vote to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen by invoking the War Powers Resolution — the first time a chamber of Congress has ever done so.

More importantly, the 56-vote majority — a figure that includes seven Republicans — suggests that Saudi critics will still have a majority next year to challenge Trump on Saudi policy. Both Republicans and Democrats have said they plan to pursue sanctions against Saudi officials involved in Khashoggi’s murder, to stop the transfer of nondefensive weapons until Saudi forces withdraw from Yemen, and other measures to restrain a crown prince whom many lawmakers see as out of control.

Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing

Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with momentum building for a resolution to call Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman complicit in the killing.Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Thursday that senators are looking at moving three measures — a resolution to condemn the crown prince for Khashoggi's murder, a bill to suspend arms sales to the kingdom and a resolution to call on President Donald Trump's administration to pull back U.S. help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

A senior Republican senator on Sunday said he believed the Saudi crown prince was responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and that the US had Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said Mohammed bin Salman had “crossed a line” by apparently overseeing the death of Khashoggi , a

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . Trump gave no ruling on bin Salman ’s involvement in a statement earlier Tuesday that largely Crown Prince Mohamed [sic] bin Salman is responsible for Mr. Khashoggi ’s murder,” the senators said in Trump defiantly refuses to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi 's death.

“Today we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will not be part of their military adventurism,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who co-sponsored the Yemen resolution with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). “Today, for the first time, we are going to go forward . . . and tell the president of the United States, and any president … that the constitutional responsibility of making war rests in the United States Congress, not the White House.”

The votes came just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefed House lawmakers behind closed doors — a meeting from which Republicans and Democrats emergedurging very different responses to Saudi Arabia and its crown prince.

A recent CIA assessment found Mohammed was probably responsible for the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

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Exclusive: Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from U.S. senators for Trump to condemn the kingdom's de facto ruler. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder, but he provided perhaps his most explicit show of support for the prince since Khashoggi's death more than two months ago.

The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Trump condemned Khashoggi 's death but said the incident should not harm U.S.- Saudi relations. The administration relies heavily on Saudi Arabia in its

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . whether Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is responsible for Mr. Khashoggi 's murder." with high confidence that the crown prince was directly involved in the decision to kill Khashoggi , Trump

“They have to be held responsible,” Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said after the briefing, referring to Mohammed and Saudi King Salman.

But there remain Republicans in the House who defend the crown prince — and those who think that even if he should be called out for his involvement in Khashoggi’s death, the punishment should stop there.

“We recognize killing journalists is absolutely evil and despicable, but to completely realign our interests in the Middle East as a result of this, when for instance the Russians kill journalists . . . Turkey imprisons journalists?” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said. “It’s not a sinless world out there.”

That stands in sharp contrast to the Senate, where several Republicans have been encouraging a broad response to Saudi Arabia over not just Khashoggi’s killing and the Yemen war, but the Kingdom’s blockade in Qatar, its recent detainment of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and a slate of human rights abuses they say have compromised the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia

The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia The Senate has started debate on a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It's a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators have been enraged over Khashoggi's killing in October and over President Donald Trump's equivocating on who is to blame. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. ___ 12:35 p.m.

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , despite the Saudi government's denials that the de facto ruler was involved, according to a senior US official and a source familiar with the matter.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman describes the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as a "heinous" crime in his first Speaking at an investors' conference in Riyadh that has been overshadowed by the crisis, bin Salman said those responsible for the killing would

Trump has refused to condemn Mohammed for the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi national. Pompeo has echoed Trump’s stance in public interviews, and behind closed doors as well, lawmakers said.

“All we heard today was more disgraceful ducking and dodging by the secretary,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.), who supports bringing up a War Powers resolution in the House to cut off U.S. support for the Saudis’ Yemen war effort. On Wednesday, the House narrowly voted to block rank-and-file members from demanding a floor vote on any such Yemen resolution, after leaders slipped in a rule change to do so into an unrelated agricultural bill.

House leaders also met with CIA director Gina Haspel on Wednesday to hear the details of Khashoggi’s slaying. But they emerged offering few details about the briefing — or about what step House Democrats would take, once they assume the majority in January, to pursue more punitive measures against Saudi Arabia, beyond holding hearings.

In the Senate, meanwhile, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are making plans to capi­tal­ize on the Yemen resolution vote with further measures next year — including sanctions on Mohammed and the other Saudis implicated in Khashoggi’s killing, and an order to halt all nondefensive weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia until hostilities in Yemen cease.

“The current relationship with Saudi Arabia is not working for America,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday, in comments to reporters about what next steps senators planned to take to address Saudi policy. “I’m never going to let this go until things change in Saudi Arabia.”

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Saudi seeks to boost intelligence oversight after critic's murder.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it was creating government bodies to boost oversight of its intelligence operations, in the wake of international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The kingdom has said Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate on October 2 in a "rogue operation" led by the then deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court advisor Saud al-Qahtani, both of whom have been sacked.

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