After Tuesday's briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, US senators sounded more convinced than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist and US resident Jamal Khoshoggi.
In turn, the Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham is sure that holding this briefing will make it hard for the White house "efforts to protect" both the Prince and the relationship with Saudi Arabia as a whole.
After weeks of denying involvement, the Kingdom admitted that Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate but claimed that the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge of a plot to murder him. But they remain sharply divided over how to do so.
The murder has damaged Riyadh's worldwide reputation and Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.
But Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have argued that Washington should not take action that would risk its relationship with Riyadh, which is viewed as an important counterweight to Iran in the Middle East. Following the briefing, a handful of senators said they believe that MBS ordered the hit on Khashoggi.
He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.
Senators would not describe the evidence presented by Haspel.
Graham, who was one of the sponsors of Wednesday's U.S. Senate resolution and has become one of the president's most vocal allies, said there may not be a "smoking gun", but that there was a "smoking saw", a reference to a bone saw that investigators said was used to cut up Khashoggi's body.
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"Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs".
Graham introduced a bill setting out those goals last month.
Senators are "trying to figure out an amendment that a larger group of people could get behind that addresses this issue without undermining our national interests", Corker said.
Both Republicans and Democrats urged President Donald Trump himself to strongly condemn the killing after he stood by the crown prince.
At the same time, as stated by Republican Senator Bob Corker, the jury would have found him guilty after a 30-minute hearing.
"If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come, I find it very hard to be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe and he has put the relationship at risk". Whatever was revealed in that Central Intelligence Agency briefing had to be irrefutable for so much of Trump's senate supporters to lash out like this.
Istanbul's chief prosecutor said there is a "strong suspicion" al-Qahtani and Ahmed al-Asiri planned the horrific murder at the Saudi consulate on October 2.