United States senators blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death after Central Intelligence Agency briefing

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Erdogan has said that the order for Khashoggi's killing probably did not come from Saudi Arabian King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the crown prince.

This resolution follows a closed-door briefing that was held in Washington, DC on December 4, when CIA Director Gina Haspel met with a handful of senators and discussed the Central Intelligence Agency's investigation of Khashoggi's death.

Top senators have also said they're convinced the prince ordered the hit, with Republican Sen.

As previously reported, Khashoggi was a journalist that often wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for The Washington Post.

Senators in the coming week are likely to consider a resolution that would restrict USA support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, which has contributed to a humanitarian disaster.

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The ambassador is the brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose alleged role in ordering the murder is at the heart of a burning controversy in the USA and across the world.

So far, President Trump has given the Saudi crown prince the benefit of the doubt about his role in the incident.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in "about 30 minutes".

Saudi Arabia has sought to distance Prince Mohammed from the murder and has received unbending support from Trump, who sees Riyadh as a vital security partner in the Middle East and a key oil exporter and buyer of USA arms.

Mattis was also thrust into the spotlight last month in the run-up to the midterm elections, as Trump repeatedly attacked "caravans" of Central American migrants headed for the U.S. border. Both had strong ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but were removed from their positions in October.

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There have been growing calls in the United States for Congress to take a strong stance against the Saudi crown prince, amid the White House's apparent refusal to implicate bin Salman, a close Trump ally, in the murder.

Strong bipartisan backing exists in the Senate for some form of action, but time is short with only weeks remaining for the current Congress, which is struggling to pass legislation that keeps the US government funded.

The Senate could also vote on a separate measure next week to force the U.S. to end its military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for al-Asiri and al-Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals", one of the Turkish officials said.

"His Royal Highness the ambassador is in Washington", embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told Agence France-Presse (AFP). Reif will use the report to guide his decisions about the relationship between MIT and Saudi Arabia going forward.

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She did not add whether Jubeir would meet with administration officials during his stay.