US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul.
Newsweek and other news organizations are reporting that at least five of the Republican senators who voted against ending support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen received donations from Saudi lobbyists. Growing interest in showing the Saudis that, Khashoggi or no, the United States still supports them, has meant that Yemen is once again a low priority.
The president has faced accusations of ignoring USA intelligence that concluded, according to a US official, that it was likely the crown prince himself ordered the killing.
At the same time, Ottawa continued to call for "a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances" surrounding Khashoggi's murder, saying that "the explanations offered to date by Saudi Arabia lack consistency and credibility".
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The conclusions, and the fact that CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't appear, angered some senators.
Secretary Mattis avoided questions about the Crown Prince's role in the murder after briefing the senators, telling reporters, "we have no smoking gun" that he was involved.
Graham, a Republican from SC, called the meeting "inadequate", and threatened to withhold his vote from all pending legislation - including a new government funding bill - until the Senate receives a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.
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The Saudi prince told Modi he would soon be finalising an initial investment in India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a quasi-sovereign wealth fund, to help accelerate the building of ports, highways and other projects, a top Indian diplomat said. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) have proposed, and it does not end all US millitary operations in Yemen.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
She said however that the 17 Saudis targeted by Canada are clearly responsible for Mr. Khashoggi's death.
The Republican-led Senate voted 63 to 37 on Wednesday to advance legislation which would end the USA military's support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
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However, despite some European countries suspending future weapons sales to Riyadh in light of Khashoggi's murder, France hasn't said whether it plans to cancel its own arms deals with the Gulf kingdom.