Turkey in talks with United Nations chief over global Khashoggi probe

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That would be a direct challenge to Trump, who has sought to cast doubt on the crown prince's involvement in the killing and has stressed instead the importance of U.S. trade and military ties with the kingdom.

That mounting anger may prompt a separate measure in the coming days accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of direct involvement in the journalist's killing - in line with the reported conclusions of the Central Intelligence Agency, whose director Gina Haspel briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

It's unclear whether the GOP-led House, in its final days in power, will approve a similar measure that would amount to an affront to the President.

Trump again reiterated on Tuesday that the "crown prince vehemently denies" involvement in a killing that has sparked outrage around the world.

A subsequent briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel only further convinced some Senate leaders that Prince Mohammed had knowledge of the operation to take out Khashoggi. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other lawmakers, said the legislation will pass when it comes to a full vote in the Senate and that it is meant to hold Saudi leaders accountable for human rights abuses.

In an interview with Reuters Tuesday, President Trump said he isn't anxious about being impeached by Democrats once they take control of the House in January, while doubling down on his support for the Saudi crown prince and saying he could intervene in the prosecution of a high-ranking Chinese tech executive.

The Senate is expected to vote next week on the Yemen resolution, but senators are wrestling with how to limit amendments to prevent a freewheeling floor debate that would allow votes on unrelated issues.

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Lawmakers leaving the briefing, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, declined to comment, saying it was classified. He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate in Istanbul for marriage paperwork.

After few weeks, Riyadh accepted the fact that the group of 15 Saudi "rogue" agents killed Khashoggi, leading to an global furore and complicating the already delicate relations between Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the US.

Trump said he hoped senators would not propose stopping arms sales to the Saudis, deals he has doggedly fought to save ever since the gruesome details of Khashoggi's murder were leaked by Turkey.

Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"And I really hope that people aren't going to suggest that we should not take hundreds of billions of dollars that they're going to siphon off to Russian Federation and to China", Trump said. "And Saudi Arabia crossed a line, I would argue, long ago", Murphy said, citing evidence the Saudis are using American-made bombs to deliberately target civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen. "America has an important ally in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", he said.

"It was the Saudi government, and MBS is the head of the Saudi government", she said, NBC News reported. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said he intends to lead a "deep dive" into Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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