Pompeo says there’s no ‘direct’ connection between Khashoggi murder, Saudi crown prince

The Latest: Pompeo to defend role in Yemen before senators

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speculated that Haspel didn't attend because she "would have said with a high degree of confidence that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday pushed back against media reports the Central Intelligence Agency concluded Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, telling reporters there is "no smoking gun" implicating the prince, The Week reports.

The bipartisan vote was viewed as a rebuke to both Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration, which is leading the war in Yemen, and President Trump for their handling of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Senate leaders said. This led some lawmakers to call for the U.S.to take a tougher stand against Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, was slain in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate October 2 when he visited it to procure documents certifying a divorce.

When asked after the briefing about the Trump administration's position on the Saudi crown prince's involvement in Khashoggi's killing, Pompeo suggested there was no conclusive evidence.

But if the administration's lobbying was created to mute criticism of the U.S. -Saudi relationship, it had the opposite effect, as senators from both parties expressed frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel was not part of the administration's briefing team.

And Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is often strongly allied with Trump, voted to move forward with the resolution and said he would insist on a briefing from Haspel.

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She also served for eight years in the MS state Senate, where she was chair of the Agriculture Committee. Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy met with a jubilant crowd in Meridian Sunday afternoon.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after the resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen.

"Investment opportunities in the field of infrastructure were discussed through (Saudi Arabia's) Public Investment Fund, as well as investment opportunities in the agricultural field in order to replace agricultural imports from other countries to the Kingdom", it said. "Personally, I'm in favour of transparency and associating the global community in this affair, because the whole world is concerned", he said.

He said the crown prince "owns this death".

"This case is not closed", she said.

The block on USA military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen was an "unprecedented setback for the Saudis and the Trump administration", Bruce Riedel, of the Brookings Institution, said.

Trump has cast doubt on who is to blame for the murder. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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