Pompeo: No Direct Connection Between Saudi Prince, Khashoggi

Enlarge this image

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland says the sanctions are being imposed against 17 Saudi nationals the federal government believes are "responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial and extraterritorial killing of [journalist Jamal Khashoggi]".

But then, the Saudi government ordered the murder and dismemberment of a US citizen who wrote for the Washington Post, and had personal relationships with influential people in our nation's capital.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Her absence in the Senate left Pompeo and Mattis to echo the more skeptical interpretation Trump has taken of the CIA's assessment.

The Senate is considering a vote as soon as this week to halt usa involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Echoing Trump's public comments on the killing, Pompeo said after Wednesday's briefing with senators that there was "no direct reporting" connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was "no smoking gun" making the connection.

The Senate voted 63-37 to agree to a motion to discharge the Foreign Relations Committee from considering the measure, which authorizes the chamber to begin mulling the resolution, a debate that is likely to occur next week. He's called for sanctions on the Saudi royal family, and was among those lawmakers critical of a statement from the Trump administration last week affirming the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi's death.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman must have at least known about the plan to kill Khashoggi last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"The Argentine judiciary has sent a clear message that even powerful officials like Mohammed bin Salman are not above the law and will be scrutinized if implicated in grave worldwide crimes", HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth said in a statement.

Noticeably missing was CIA Director Gina Haspel, whose agency has overseen the Khashoggi investigation.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who had also previously opposed the Yemen resolution, said it was "time to send Saudi Arabia a message both on its violation of human rights and the incredible humanitarian catastrophe it's creating".

"We are seldom free to work with unblemished partners", Mattis said in prepared remarks released by the Pentagon. Mike Lee made a fervent plea Wednesday for the Senate to vote on ending US involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen that he said has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people.

"There are strike-all amendments that would be too weak for me to support and I imagine the other cosponsors to support", Murphy said. "We can not be deflected from using all our influence to end this war for the good of innocent people in trouble, and ultimately the safety of our own people, and this includes our military engagement".

Yet, MBS could not evade from protests of Tunisian people over the killing of Khashoggi nor worldwide scrutiny that criticize his attendance to G20 summit.

A Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"So today, eight months later, the bloodshed continues still abetted by the United States, even amidst further revelations of Saudi depravity", Lee said.

When asked after the briefing about the Trump administration's position on the Saudi crown prince's involvement in Khashoggi's killing, Pompeo suggested there was no conclusive evidence.

"I'm talking about any key vote", the South Carolina Republican said.

Related News:



Most liked

No easy remedy for US-China tensions
And if that were to happen, China would inevitably retaliate, as it already has for earlier US tariff announcements. There is little reason to be optimistic about the outcome of the dinner between Xi Jinping .and Donald Trump.

Croatia defeat France to win Davis Cup title
Open champion was swamped by a swarm of his team mates as Croatia could begin the party after emulating its triumph of 2005. The Davis Cup is set to adopt a new format from 2019 onwards, featuring 18 teams in one place contending for the title.

Forest Service releases video of gender reveal explosion that caused wildfire
A newly released video shows a gender reveal party that sparked a wildfire past year in Arizona . If correct, this would put the temperature at the fire origin between 90 and 100 degrees.

Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer starts tomorrow for select players
And now RDR2 is out, attention among fans is shifting towards when Red Dead Online will be out. With this recent release, Rockstar will also be having another crack at an online experience.

Kim Kardashian Reveals She Was On Ecstasy During Ray J Sex Tape
Sixers fans are already giving Jenner the Jessica Simpson-Dallas Cowboys treatment for the brief time she dated Tony Romo. She also spoke of her "wild days" in Ibiza where she'd party with Paris Hilton .

How Tall Is the 2018 White House Christmas Tree?
Decorated by families of fallen service members, the Gold Star Family tree is adorned with gold stars and ribbon. Visitors are encouraged to use digital tablets to write messages to those who are now serving.

Snow Storm Slams Midwest, Causes Thousands Of Flights To Be Canceled
Heavy snows and strong winds moved through the region Sunday evening, causing risky travel conditions on a busy day on the roads. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, 750 flights were canceled and another 439 were delayed Monday, FlightAware reported.

River Vs Boca - Postponed Final Set To Cause Scheduling Nightmare
Boca fans could not attend the final at the Monumental de Nunez Stadium because of a 2013 ban on away fans in Argentina. Ahead of the rearranged match, CONMEBOL chief Dominguez had urged for the showdown to go off without any more trouble.

US Man Killed By Arrow Shots Trying To Reach Isolated Andaman Tribe
Police said he first went ashore in his kayak on November 15 and sent the boat with the fishermen out to sea to avoid detection. The family of a U.S. man killed by islanders who shun contact with the outside world say they forgive those responsible.

Papadopoulos ordered to report to prison
A judge denied requests on Sunday from former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to delay his scheduled sentence to prison. However, four lower-court judges have written that Mueller acted appropriately as a Justice Department prosecutor.

Trump administration asks SC to take up military transgender ban
Francisco argues that lower court rulings imposing nationwide injunctions are wrong and warrant immediate review. Trump reversed the policy, prompting outrage and lawsuits, which were ruled against the Trump administration.

Trump confirms migrant deal with Mexico
USA officials at the San Ysidro crossing generally accept no more than 100 asylum applications a day. But she said they could not make any agreement on the issue, since they are not yet in government.

Man fatally shoots woman at Ocala Walmart
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the woman and the shooter had been dating for nine months, but had recently broken up. The suspect is in custody after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Ocala Police Department said on Twitter .

Turkish paper: Central Intelligence Agency had recording of Saudi prince demanding Khashoggi be ‘silenced’
Some lawmakers have triggered investigations into Khashoggi's death and specifically whether the crown prince was responsible. The US president alleged that "the world should be held accountable" for the killing.

Record Audiences Get Set to Make the 2017 Grand National the Biggest To Date
For some , it will be a case of asking which horses have been at their most impressive this season that will give them the clues as to which Grand National horses to bet on .