Donald Trump, Congress set for Saudi Arabia showdown over Jamal Khashoggi killing

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

The remarks came after US President Donald Trump missed a Congress deadline to determine who ordered Mr Khashoggi's assassination amid new revelations that Saudi Arabia's crown prince spoke of going after the writer "with a bullet".

"Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfill his duty", Mr. Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"The crown prince, we know, did not order this". Lindsey Graham of SC, introduced legislation Friday that would bar certain arms sales to Riyadh in response to Khashoggi's slaying last October by Saudi operatives, and its role in Yemen's civil war.

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and Turkish investigators say MBS personally ordered the assassination, yet Trump announced in November that the USA would not end its alliance with the Middle Eastern kingdom. He said imposing sanctions now would be "putting the cart before the horse".

"I call on the administration to immediately comply with the requirements of the law, and to provide Congress with the information required", he said.

Mr. Al Jubeir insisted that the crown prince, who is the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, did not authorize the killing.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince at least had knowledge of the plot.

He echoed the United Nations blame for the Houthis, vowing that Saudi Arabia would "absolutely" allow passage of food through ports in Yemen.

The report naming Turki Aldakhil, former general manager of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, was published by The New York Times on Thursday.

A year before Mr Khashoggi was murdered on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Mr Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Mr Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticising the government from his perch in the U.S., the New York Times reported on Thursday. "It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority". "We have a number of possibilities, and we're asking what [the alleged murderers] did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing".

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