Saudi Official: Congress 'Curtails' US Allies by Seeking to Penalize Saudis

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

It alleged US intelligence agencies intercepted a 2017 conversation between Aldakhil and Mohammed bin Salman in which the crown prince threatened to kill Khashoggi if he did not stop criticizing the Saudi government and return to the kingdom. There was no order given to murder Jamal Khashoggi.

President Donald Trump, rejecting his own intelligence officials' findings, has apparently chosen to believe MBS' claim that he played no role in the gruesome murder of Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family who was killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

The crown prince's belongings, including his exercise equipment and furniture, reached Islamabad in five trucks, the Dawn News reported quoting Saudi Embassy sources.

"This amounts to the Trump administration aiding in the coverup of a murder", said Sen.

Ahead of the deadline, a group of Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiling legislation to bar some arms sales and impose sanctions. We will hold those responsible accountable and we will punish them. Lindsey Graham of SC, introduced legislation Friday that would bar certain arms sales to Riyadh in response to Khashoggi's slaying last October by Saudi operatives, and its role in Yemen's civil war.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that by law, when the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asks the president to make a finding as to a human rights violation overseas, the president has to respond. "So he doesn't have an option here".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said after meeting with lawmakers Friday that Congress should wait for the outcome of trials of 17 alleged assailants of Khashoggi, including five men who are facing the death penalty.

Murphy said lawmakers could go to court to try to make the president comply, or they can move forward with their own list of sanctions. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".

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