James Mattis: No Smoking Gun Implicating Saudi Crown Prince

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The resolution was brought by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told AFP. And it is a vote, as Senator Lee just mentioned, that says that the United States Senate respects the Constitution of the United States and understands that the issue of war-making, of going to war, of putting our young men and women's lives at stake, is something determined by the US Congress, not the president of the United States.

The Yemen conflict is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The Senate voted 63-37 to consider a resolution to remove US support of Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, defying a White House memo strongly opposing the measure. Sen. The U.S. has provided limited support, including intelligence sharing, logistics and, until recently, aerial refueling, according to the White House.

He said "there is a chance" that peace talks between Yemen's warring parties could be held in Sweden as early as December.

"While Canada has imposed sanctions on these 17 Saudi nationals, we continue to call for a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Khashoggi's murder", the media release states. Least I am not aware that we do.

In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo said the Crown Prince has moved the country in a reformist direction. "Saudi Arabia, due to geography and the Iranian threat, is fundamental to maintaining regional and Israeli security, and to our interest in Mid-East stability".

"The fact that we haven't forced him to come clean is creating a problem and Congress - imperfectly as we always do - is likely to respond to this", Corker said.

Pompeo and Mattis visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning to lobby against the resolution.

Although the USA imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who were allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder, Trump has been hesitant to take further steps, noting that Washington's intent to remain a close ally of Riyadh.

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Germany has halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing and urged others to do the same.

Conspicuously absent from the briefing was CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Here is a timeline of events since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it". The fallout from the Senate vote adds even more pressure on Riyadh to assuage the White House. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he believes there is potential for a Central Intelligence Agency briefing next week for all Senators on Khashoggi.

In the face of that, Congress is set to vote on a war powers resolution this week, which would withdraw USA support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and is considering sanctions or other penalties for the kingdom.

"If that doesn't constitute hostilities, I don't know what does", he said, becoming animated during his floor speech. He noted that the measure may yet be amended to find some middle ground.

"We don't need to destroy or walk away from our alliance with Saudi Arabia, but we most certainly need to recalibrate it", the Florida Republican said.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N.J., accused the administration of a "coverup" in Khashoggi's murder because Haspel was not made available. In March, the proposal failed 55-44.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said Thursday he was working with senators from both parties to try to cut a deal to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia over its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the latest sign that Republicans want to go further than President Donald Trump in responding to the actions of a key United States ally.

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