Saudi ambassador, brother of crown prince, returns to Washington

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited MIT’s campus in March where he viewed an innovation of Saudi Arabian technology

He also said: "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw".

A senior Turkish official said on Wednesday that the prosecutor's move "reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals".

U.S. officials have said that the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the October 2 killing. If he was in front of jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes, guilty.

Saudi Arabia has faced heightened pressure as a result of the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic and Washington Post columnist who was killed in the country's Istanbul consulate on 2 October.

"The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime".

While Turkish and American intelligence reports indicate that MbS was in on the murder, Trump has attempted to vindicate the prince on the grounds that punishing him would hurt USA political and financial interests and in the region and above all, hurt Israel.

They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said US involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

"Somebody should be punished", said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama.

"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in the statement.

Watch Graham's full response to the briefing below.

The first vote would be on a motion to proceed to the joint resolution that seeks to stop US support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. How the legislative push gets resolved is uncertain, but the floor fight could begin as soon as Monday - and put the administration on the defensive.

"It's time for the United States to be out of that war", said Sen. "I know there are going to be a lot of efforts to try to remove the underlying language and replace it with something weaker".

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Post reported that Khalid told Khashoggi "that he should go to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so". The remaining five senators include Republicans Marco Rubio and Todd Young, as well as Democrats Dianne Feinstein, Ed Markey, and Chris Coons.

"We're insulted by that, and I just think we need to be candid about what we're doing and not doing", Kaine said. "I disagree with that assessment" Rubio said.

And Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican who was not part of the briefing, said that "by the director choosing to meet with some, but not others, congratulations to her, she has pissed off everybody".

But the White House's decision to make Haspel available-though only to a small group of recalcitrant senators-has backfired again, since it whetted the appetite of more senators for a briefing of their own. According to Republican senators Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, of all people, the evidence tying the Saudi Crown Prince to the journalist's killing is undeniable.

"Oh, there was much more information", Durbin said.

Asked if the prince is responsible for Khashoggi's death, Durbin answered with one word: "Yes".

The clear and biting assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has steadfastly refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia's leadership for the death of Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist.

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