On November 15, in the first Saudi confirmation of how Khashoggi was killed, the public prosecutor's office says the journalist was dismembered and parts of his body handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds. That measure could face opposition if it includes funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, as the president has called for.
All five Republicans voted on Wednesday against advancing the resolution, which if passed, would force the U.S. to limit its support for the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen. Several senators emerged from the briefing saying they planned to vote for legislation that would curtail United States involvement in the war. "But I also recognize that we can not limit civilian casualties or advance the peace effort commencing early next month in Sweden by disengaging" with the Saudis, he said in his prepared remarks. "There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi".
"Anything you need me for, to get out of town, I ain't doing it", Graham threatened.
After speaking with the White House on Wednesday, Sen.
The Senate considering a resolution later on Wednesday that would stop USA refuelling and other support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) said it's hard to believe that bin Salman would not have known about a plot to murder a prominent critic of the royal family, but, as Mattis said, there is no "definite link".
Pompeo told reporters that the resolution could thwart US efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between the opposing sides in the conflict.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who met late Monday night, resolved to encourage Arab nations to establish economic relations with Israel, the Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper reported Thursday. Khalid "made the call at his brother's direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by US intelligence". That said, it is far from clear that there are enough votes in the Senate to actually pass the bill - and it is nearly certain that the lame-duck Republican majority in the House will not take it up.
Many were angry that CIA Director Gina Haspel did not participate in the briefing, as they had requested.
He also told the senators that the U.S.is continuing to work with the Saudis on avoiding airstrikes that could hit civilians in Yemen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that would require the Director of National Intelligence within one month to issue an unclassified report into the individuals that participated in, ordered or "were otherwise complicit in" the death of Khashoggi.
Under the title "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia", Tunisian journalists and 12 civil society organisations held a press conference on Monday at the headquarters of the syndicate, condemning their government for hosting the Saudi leader, who they held responsible for Khashoggi's death.
Putin insisted Wednesday that Russian forces were in the right to seize the Ukrainian ships last weekend, but Trump expressed "deep concern" at Moscow's actions against a U.S. ally. "By ending our participation in this brutal war, we will send an unambiguous message that we won't accept continued bloodshed".
Senators are set to question top Trump administration officials at a closed-door briefing about the USA response to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
"Saudi Arabia is longtime partner of the United States, but its actions in Yemen and the murder of Khashoggi must have consequences", said Sen.