Senate Gears Up for Unpredictable Debate on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

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He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. This week's Take Action Now offers ways to push legislators to defund the violence and help people who have been displaced by the conflict.

USA intelligence community assessments and experts said it's unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.

However US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he had "zero question in my mind" that Prince Mohammed directed the killing after an hour-long briefing to a small group of senators by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel. He said Wednesday he can't imagine the US having a normal relationship with a Saudi Arabia run by the crown prince.

The prince had planned to attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, but a spokeswoman at the Saudi embassy said Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir would be representing the kingdom, the Washington Post reported.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said yesterday.

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The murder has damaged Riyadh's global reputation and Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals. Later Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying the briefing only "reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", and that Haspel "should brief the full Senate without delay".

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pauses to speak to reporters after a closed-door security briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the involvement of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 4, 2018. "So I just don't know that it makes a lot of sense to tie the Senate up in knots with a million amendments when the final product is not actually going to become law this this year", said the Connecticut Democrat. "We categorically reject any accusations purportedly linking the Crown Prince to this horrific incident".

"It's a tough call, because none of us wants to lend legitimacy to grotesque actions like the assassination of Mr. Khashoggi", Lester told MIT News. The report and the feedback will be presented to Reif, who will use the information to guide future decisions, the university said.

"They're clearly valuing business over human life", Shireen al-Adeimi, a Yemeni-born assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, said. Mike Lee, who championed of the resolution, were not included in the Haspel briefing on Tuesday. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told CNN that Haspel should not come back and brief the whole Senate as senators on both sides have demanded. "I can foresee a circumstance where a bunch of amendments might be voted down and at some point, [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's] got to move to a vote on the underlying resolution", Murphy said.

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