Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Gen. James Mattis the head of U.S. Central Command takes questions after delivering a lecture to the London think tank Policy Exchange in London Tuesday Feb. 1 2011

No Smoking Gun Showing Saudi Crown Prince Involved in Khashoggi Murder

Senior members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet urged USA senators Wednesday not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it would harm national security and threaten Middle East stability.

The Senate is considering a vote on the resolution as soon as Wednesday.

After a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, several senators said they were unsatisfied and likely to back the resolution to halt us support for the war.

Much will depend on what senators hear from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo told reporters on Capitol Hill after he briefed senators that "there is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) is defending the USA role in Yemen in excerpts of prepared remarks he's expected to deliver to members of the Senate.

Freeland said Canada is now reviewing its sale of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, and as that review is ongoing, no new arms permits are being issued.

"MbS has not taken ownership of the death", Corker said, using the short-hand initials for the crown prince.

McConnell made similar remarks Tuesday, saying that "what obviously happened, as basically certified by the Central Intelligence Agency, is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world". While more lawmakers were expected to support the bill than the 44 Senators in March, it was not clear if a slight majority would. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would invoke the War Powers Resolution, inserting Congressional oversight into overseas conflicts.

The worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen also played a role in senators' frustration with the ongoing war there, in which the USA is supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and support to fight Yemeni troops.

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The 63-to-37 vote came after a contentious administration briefing on the war, a discussion that also addressed Saudi involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, NBC News reported.

In a tweet later, he said they would also discuss the fallout from Khashoggi's murder.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of CT, a supporter, said he was more confident about the resolution vote after the briefing.

Canada has imposed sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals for their alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Global Affairs Canada announced in a statement on Thursday.

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. "I believe there is a chance to step up efforts early in December but we are not there yet", he said.

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In a statement, CIA Press Secretary Timothy Barrett said that no one kept Haspel away from the briefing.

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