Khashoggi's killing prompted global outrage over Saudi Arabia's heavy-handed tactics and renewed attention to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Unconvinced by them and incensed by the administration's refusal to send the Central Intelligence Agency director to the hearing, Republicans and Democrats had joined hands to vote to bring to a legislative measure halting U.S. support to the Saudi-led ruling forces in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthis.
Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House's timid response to the killing.
After that briefing, Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel.
The Saudis have denied the crown prince had any involvement. "Now's the time to be the leader of the world". Leadership is anxious that the Senate floor not get bogged down in the waning days of the lame-duck session.
But to become law, the resolution would not just have to pass the Senate this month, but also must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump, neither of which is expected this year.
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A woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez, Yemen, Nov. 21, 2018. "Because we've got a couple of very perplexing problems; the first is this and it's simple: We have to have a relationship with some players that we don't agree with".
The resolution, which is mainly symbolic, says Saudi Arabia's crown prince is "complicit" in the killing. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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. The Washington Post previously reported that Khalid called Khashoggi and told the journalist that he could go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was killed.
That was referring to the culpability of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder, which took place inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
A bipartisan group of senators, led by close Trump ally Republican Lindsey Graham, introduced a measure that would blame Saudi Arabia for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Zero question in my mind". Planned it in advance. If he were in front of a jury, "he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes". "So there's - whether you call it smoking gun, smoking saw; if can point to something that says somebody is implicated, I've already said where I stand on that, and even my adversaries have learned to count on my word".
"The U.S. presence in the area is important and while lots of things are happening in a war zone that you wouldn't want to happen worse things would happen if you had no presence there", he said. Graham is quick to defend Pompeo and Mattis, calling them "good soldiers" in his statement, but he throws Trump under the bus.