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Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi

02 December 2018

"The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse". Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen.

He said the crown prince "owns this death".

Human Rights Watch accuses the prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for the gruesome slaying of newspaper columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

US intelligence officials have said that the murder was carried out by agents of the Saudi government and ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss USA support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel, said he would switch his vote and support the resolution. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he was reconsidering his position.

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Senators are set to question top Trump administration officials at a closed-door briefing about the US response to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

Several senators said they were angry about the absence of CIA Director Gina Haspel from the pre-vote briefing.

Former House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) in a Thursday appearance on CNN slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton's refusal to listen to the tape of murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it reflected the administration's overall "mishandling" of the entire incident.

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. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the trilateral meeting with PM Modi will be held towards the end of the Trump-Abe talks which is part of the series of the meetings the US President will hold during the two days.

Pompeo said USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

In a rare closed briefing addressing the whole Senate, the two cabinet members were expected to make the case against rocking the boat in Yemen and vis a vis Saudi Arabia, and did so in prepared remarks ahead of their behind-closed-doors remarks. His language was blunt in a Wall Street Journal article, writing that Khashoggi's murder "has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on".

Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi