Pompeo: No evidence Saudi Crown Pprince linked to Khashoggi case

30 November, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh Saudi Arabia Tuesday Oct. 16 2018

"I am not going to be denied the ability to be briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency - that we have oversight of - about whether or not their assessment supports my belief that [the klling of Jamal Khashoggi] could not have happened without [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] knowing", Republican Senator Lindsay Graham told reporters.

USA military chiefs like Mattis, meanwhile, have a tendency to want to continue the status quo, Otis said.

"All we would achieve from an American drawdown is a stronger Iran and a reinvigorated ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula", said Pompeo, using an acronym for the Islamic State. "The Kingdom is a powerful force for stability in an otherwise fraught Middle East".

In this photo provided by the G20 Argentina press office, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman deplanes at the airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. "Whether there is a smoking gun, I don't think there is anybody in the room that doesn't believe he was responsible for it".

"There is no smoking gun", Mattis said, adding that the United States would still hold those responsible for the Washington Post columnist's death accountable.

"We have a problem here".

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing a former Riyadh-friendly government back to power.

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The prince is also under fire for the Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Corker warned that Congress would act if the administration does not.

The New Jersey Democrat said he respected Pompeo and Mattis but added: "I don't need them to characterize the information of the CIA and the intelligence community".

A bipartisan proposal to block any further U.S. military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen is one step closer to being adopted, after the Senate voted 63-37 on Wednesday to allow a floor vote on the resolution.

"It is outrageous that we are willing to turn our eye away from such a murder because we have 'interests, '" Menendez said. It is seen as a rebuke of President Trump's handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Those comments further angered members of Congress who have demanded an investigation of potential involvement by the crown prince.

Absent from the hearing was CIA Director Gina Haspel, who traveled to Turkey to review evidence, including an audiotape recording the brutal murder.

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For example, a couple of years ago, when the United Nations listed Saudi Arabia on the list of child killers, within 72 hours they were off that list because-and Ban Ki-moon at the time came forward and said, "Well, it's because they threatened to withdraw support from other U.N. programs".

"There are strike-all amendments that would be too weak for me to support and I imagine the other cosponsors to support", Murphy said.

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) had petitioned Argentinian authorities to prosecute the Saudi prince for a slew of crimes, including civilian deaths during the Saudi-backed war in Yemen and the torture of Saudi citizens.

The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, who said as the world's superpower it was up to the U.S.to make its own decision on the future of its involvement.

"We have not changed, (in) that accountability for the murder is our expectation of everyone involved in the murder". The upper chamber is expected to vote Thursday on whether to cut aid to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen. "Saudi Arabia has an important role in the Arab region", Nourredine Ben Ticha, an adviser to Essebsi, said.

On the eve of his testimony, Pompeo wrote a fascistic op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal condemning criticism of the wholesale crimes against humanity committed by the Saudi regime, and the murder of Khashoggi in particular, as "Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile on", while accusing politicians of both political parties in the "salons of Washington" of undermining USA national security and being "soft" on Iran.

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