Rep. Stewart Downplays Saudi Journalist's Murder: 'Journalists Disappear All Over'

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Arrest warrants have been issued by Istanbul's chief prosecutor against two Saudi men who worked as high level advisers to Saudi Arabia's leader, Mohammed bin Salman, as Turkey's investigation into the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi widens. Other Republicans who last week had opposed a resolution directing the president to halt USA support of the Saudi war in Yemen now suggested they might change their position after hearing what Haspel had to say in the classified briefing. "Guilty. A guilty verdict", Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

"There's a smoking saw", Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Istanbul consulate, where he had gone to obtain paperwork enabling him to marry his fiancee.

"There's a smoking saw".

"I think the secretary of defense and secretary of state are in a bad spot because the president has given this bear hug to MBS and to the entire Saudi regime so they are bound to carry out his weird policy", Murphy said, using an acronym for the crown prince.

Trump has made a concerted decision to avoid rebuking Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom's role in affecting global oil prices and its arms deals with the United States are more important to the national interest.

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On Tuesday, bowing to demands from Republicans such as Sen.

"If someone said Secretary Mattis or Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart told CNN.

When asked if he thought the Trump White House was preventing the CIA director from briefing the full Senate, Paul replied: "The definition of the deep state is when intelligence communities have so much power that there's no oversight". But the Senate could vote to end that arms sale or end USA support of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

Corker suggested that President Donald Trump had condoned the murder of a journalist by refusing to condemn the Saudi crown prince.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that an worldwide investigation was needed to determine who was responsible for the murder of Khashoggi.

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Last week, under mounting pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle who wanted action against Riyadh, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis held a closed-door all-senators briefing where they said there was no direct evidence linking the crown prince to the murder.

Pompeo and Mattis are now expected to give a briefing to the House on Yemen and Saudi Arabia on December 13, ahead of a Democratic takeover of the House in January following the party's gains in the midterm elections.

Saudi Arabia maintains the crown prince did not know anything about the murder, which it claims was an accident.

"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't", Trump said, but noted the strong USA interest in keeping Saudi Arabia as an ally and moving forward with a high-figure weapons deal that was helping American workers.

Three GOP lawmakers have voiced their own conclusions since a separate classified briefing on Tuesday. "But since I have such respect for them, I'm going to assume they are being good soldiers ..."

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