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GOP senator rebukes Trump: We need to 'consider further action' against Saudis

27 November 2018
GOP senator rebukes Trump: We need to 'consider further action' against Saudis

Representative Adam Schiff has hit out at Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia, arguing that authoritarian leaders and despots will see the president's response to the high profile murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as giving them a pass.

Judicial authorities in Argentina are looking into whether they can press charges against Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after he arrives in the country for the G20 summit, according to Human Rights Watch. While living in the U.S., Khashoggi wrote opinion columns for The Washington Post that were critical of Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's involvement in the long-running Yemen conflict.

A USA official told CNN Friday that there is still is no smoking gun implicating the crown prince directly and the intelligence assessment is ongoing.

Saudi Arabia has warned criticism of Prince Mohammed is a "red line".

"The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region", the president added, noting Saudi investments in USA military equipment and other contracts.

Saudi prosecutors have said a 15-man team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his body, which has not been found.

The alleged torture of Saudi human rights activists and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also mentioned in the filing.

In a previous statement, Graham also said that the Crown Prince is "toxic" to U.S. - Saudi relations. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Sunday.

"If there are indicators that the prince was involved in this murder, then we need absolutely to consider further action", Sen.

"At such a time when it becomes necessary, the president also needs to speak directly to the Saudis and say enough's enough, " Ernst said.

Schiff, the committee's incoming chairman, said the panel will look into the Trump family's business ties with Saudi Arabia and whether "personal financial interests" drive U.S.

The source said that Saudi crude oil production hit 11.1-11.3 million barrels per day (BPD) in November, although the exact average daily output will be clear only after the month's end. "Strength is telling the truth even when it's hard".

Despite concerns with Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn threw cold water on moving forward with the Sanders-Lee-Murphy proposal: "I hope we don't give Iran a pass in Yemen".

King, who was briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency on the Khashoggi killing before the Thanksgiving break, fired back at Trump's characterization of the CIA's conclusions, saying "the Central Intelligence Agency doesn't do feelings, they do assessments".