Corker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death

Thursday, 13 Dec, 2018

"This sends a global message that just because you're an ally of the United States, you can't kill with impunity", Menendez said. "That's a profound statement that will reverberate all over the world". In the three and a half years since the conflict began, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, have garnered widespread reports of war crimes. The U.S. military has provided refueling for Saudi aircraft carrying out strikes - assistance the Trump administration ended amid growing criticism - and helped Saudi Arabia with other strategic assistance, as well. Only 44 senators voted for it in March.

The Senate voted to advance the resolution that ends USA backing for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen by 60 votes to 39, with 11 Republicans joining Democrats to back the measure.

Saudi Arabia was in the spotlight as the Senate considered USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and intelligence about Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

"If I think it's good for the country, if I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what's good for national security - I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary", Mr. Trump said. "And people began to ask, why are we allied with a Saudi war in Yemen which is killing children?"

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the chamber will have a briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis next week on Khashoggi and "we'll know more after that".

Senators last week received a classified briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel that they said left no doubt in their minds that the crown prince played a role in Khashoggi's killing and dismemberment. "I think that the people would revolt if that happened".

But Corker and the top Democrat on the committee, Sen.

Graham, along with other Republican and Democrat Senators last week introduced a resolution condemning Khashoggi's murder.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he expected the measure to pass the Senate, noting that its co-sponsors include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

That outrage prompted several Republicans to support the Yemen resolution because it would be seen as a rebuke to the longtime ally. He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate in Istanbul for marriage paperwork.

"There's not a smoking gun - there's a smoking saw", Republican Sen. Though they have publicly remained on good terms, the two have often appeared to offer conflicting stances on various issues throughout Haley's tenure.

Backed by the United States, the Saudi-led military campaign has created a human crisis in the impoverished country, killing some 15,000 people and displacing thousands more.

"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia decides who is running the country", he said.

But, in the Senate at least, the Khashoggi killing has put a substantial strain on that relationship.

"You had two analysts that walk us through the crown prince's focus on Mr. Khashoggi for about two years".

There has been speculation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the hit, but Riyadh has absolved the de facto leader of any blame.