Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Saudi Murder of Khashoggi

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USA senators have made their first move to hold the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after they introduced a non-binding resolution that they hope will lead to sanctions on Riyadh.

"It's obviously a tight calendar", Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said on Thursday, adding that the schedule is not conductive "to a long, dragged-out floor debate [on Saudi Arabia]".

"The United States Senate should speak in a clear, bipartisan voice to say that we will not tolerate the kinds of egregious human rights violations we've seen from Saudi leadership and, in particular, from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman", Coons said in the release.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

Corker and other Republican senators, such as Lindsey Graham of SC, have slammed President Donald Trump repeatedly for his stance toward Saudi Arabia following the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, who was a columnist for The Washington Post and a US resident.

So far, President Trump has given the Saudi crown prince the benefit of the doubt about his role in the incident. The journalist, who had lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. The story gained national attention both for the alleged brutality of the killing, the apparent cover-up and President Donald Trump's reaction to the entire scandal.

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However, several reports have suggested that the Saudi prince was involved in the murder.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he is working with the group to modify the legislation in a way that could gain his support.

The handful of prominent Republicans who openly broke with the administration over Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday after receiving a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, included South Carolina Sen.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, not pictured, at the Pentagon in Washington, March 22, 2018. These types of activities, the report says, are aligned with MIT's objective, outlined in the 2017 report "A Global Strategy for MIT", of working with worldwide collaborators to solve the 21st century's most challenging problems.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

Anyone who looked at the evidence would have to be "willfully blind" not to reach the conclusion that the killing was "orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS", as Salman is known, Graham said.