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"Let me just put it this way: I think if [the crown prince] was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes", he said.

Saudi officials insist that the royal family is not connected with the murder and explicitly ruled out the possibility that the crown prince had ordered the killing.

"There's not a smoking gun".

Many reports claim the actor, 58, is filming a documentary on Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) reported that the two officials were Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri who are said to be close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"I do believe that it's really needed in terms of ensuring what really happened and who are the responsible for that terrible killing".

Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed to a viral clip of the two foreign leaders exchanging a high-five like old friends at the G20 Summit in Argentina over the weekend.

Corker said it would be "difficult" to come up with legislation that could pass the Senate.

"We believe in accountability for whoever was directly involved in the Khashoggi murder", he told reporters. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was emphatic last week, telling reporters, "We have no smoking gun that the Crown Prince was involved".

Senators would not describe the evidence presented by Haspel. He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Khashoggi's killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37.

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Abdulaziz, who lives in Canada, is a sharp critic of the Saudi monarchy on social media . Saudi authorities have vehemently denied the crown prince was involved.

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Khalid's return to the US comes just one day after a closed US Senate briefing by Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel.

Durbin joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a full-Senate briefing from Haspel. The rank and file were excluded, though, and Sen.

"As far as I know, the US has never been in a situation like this with the Saudis where such an egregious incident has become very public and global". He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork.

Saudi Arabia has sought to distance Prince Mohammed from the murder and has received support from US President Donald Trump. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

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

In a column for The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for worldwide norms. "After all, someone's got to do it".

Following the sanctions, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the case of Khashoggi's murder is still not closed.

Corker said senators are trying to figure out how to amend the resolution, which directs the president to remove most US armed forces from hostilities affecting Yemen.

President Trump has equivocated about assigning blame for Khashoggi's killing, frustrating lawmakers from both parties. Obviously that's a huge sign of progress, but an even more important takeaway is the fact that these senators say they feel purposefully mislead by a Republican administration, and have made a vote against its interests.

Turkey shared the audio tape of the killing with western North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal those truly culprit.