In the case of the murdered journalist Khashoggi, even more political friends are distancing themselves from US President Trump. Several senators said that the Saudi Crown Prince has planned the killing – which Trump denies.
US senators have been convinced after a CIA briefing that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the assassination of anti-government journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The two Republicans Bob Corker, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chair and Lindsey Graham opposed Republican President Donald Trump. Graham said, referring to the shortened mentioned Crown Prince: “I think he’s crazy, I think he’s dangerous, and he has jeopardized the relationship.”
Corker had announced two weeks ago that Congress would punish the alleged mastermind of the murder unless Trump did. His party colleague and Trump critic Rand Paul called for a halt to armaments sales to Saudi Arabia. This has been rejected by Trump, with reference to the scope of planned business and related jobs in the US.
The head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, Gina Haspel, had Tuesday informed a group of senators behind closed doors about findings in the case. Corker said afterward: “I have no doubt that the Crown Prince MBS has ordered the killing, the killing has monitored knew exactly what was happening, and it has planned in advance, if he were to a jury, he would within. Guilty for 30 minutes. ”
Graham in other words, an ally of President Trump said, “There are zero possibilities – zero – that this has happened in such an organized way without the Crown Prince.” The senator added, “I think he was involved in the killing of Mr. Khashoggi at the highest possible level.” Graham announced that he would stop supporting arms sales to Saudi Arabia until those responsible were brought to justice.
Even the highest-ranking Democrat in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, Bob Menendez, was encouraged its adoption after the CIA briefing that the Crown Prince had ordered the action. Now the US would have to send out a “very clear message,” he told CNN.
Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul. Only after weeks of international pressure did Riyadh allow agents of the kingdom to kill the journalists. The Saudi Arabian leadership, however, rejects the accusation of having ordered the killing.
Trump has distanced himself from the findings of the CIA revealed in media reports and sticks to the close partnership with Saudi Arabia. He pointed out that bin Salman had personally assured him several times that he had nothing to do with the killing.
Graham said he expected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to follow the president’s instructions. One had to be “deliberately blind” in order not to come to the conclusion that the Crown Prince was involved in the deed. Graham argued for a Senate resolution calling the Crown Prince one of the murderers responsible. Sanctions should be imposed on those responsible.