James Mattis: No Smoking Gun Implicating Saudi Crown Prince

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"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", he told reporters.

U.S. media have reported that the CIA believes Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder. - although President Donald Trump has denied that that was the conclusion reached by the intelligence agency.

The overwhelming bipartisan support to advance the bill came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis briefed the lawmakers without the presence of the Central Intelligence Agency director who had been asked to attend.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, the Senate voted 63-37 to move ahead with Sanders' resolution to force Trump to end usa support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

"We have no smoking gun the crown prince was involved - not the intelligence community or anyone else - there is no smoking gun", Mattis said, adding the USA would still hold those responsible for Khashoggi's death accountable. While some have suspected the involvement of at least some members of the Saudi royal family in this killing, U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that there is not enough evidence to blame Saudi's crown prince. Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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The list does not include the Saudi Crown Prince, who is accused of having links to the murder and who is also attending the G20 Summit.

But if the administration's lobbying was created to mute criticism of the U.S. -Saudi relationship, it had the opposite effect, as senators from both parties expressed frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel was not part of the administration's briefing team.

The Senate voted 63-37 to pass the procedural vote, which will set up a floor debate on the resolution next week. "I can not recall a briefing on such a sensitive nature where we have been denied access to the intelligence agencies of the United States". Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen. The Saudi explanations given so far "lack consistency and credibility", Canada said in the statement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against moving ahead with the resolution but said a day earlier that "some kind of response" was needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in Khashoggi's death.

The block on U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen was an "unprecedented setback for the Saudis and the Trump administration", Bruce Riedel, of the Brookings Institution, said. "But degrading U.S. -Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies". Sanders was equally critical of Trump's relationship with the Saudis, repeatedly zeroing in on Khashoggi's murder as an example of Trump's proclivity for foreign dictators.