But the debate could become a virtual trial over Prince Mohammed's responsibility for Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Trump's effort to downplay it. Senators could add amendments to further punish the kingdom. Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate on October 2 in Istanbul.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an worldwide investigation.
The clear and biting assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has steadfastly refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia's leadership for the death of Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist.
"It's really risky for America to look away here", Graham said.
Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey. Haspel, unlike Trump or Bolton, does not believe the Saudi royal family's claim that Khashoggi was killed as the result of a rogue operation and kidnapping plot gone wrong.
Prince Mohammed "is a wrecking ball", Sen.
Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to brief a dozen or so senators on intelligence the CIA had about Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two months ago.
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A team of 15 Saudi agents, allegedly sent by Qahtani, assassinated Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"If he were in front of a jury, he would be convicted of murder in about 30 minutes", Corker said.
Khalid bin Salman flew back to Riyadh shortly after Khashoggi was killed at the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 as criticism mounted against the kingdom for initially denying anything happened to the writer. "I think the Saudis have got it in their heads that they can do whatever they want and get away with it".
Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to USA military aid in the Saudi-led war in Yemen which has found new support in the wave of attention to Khashoggi's death. "This guy's nuts", Graham said. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said.
In a statement attempting to clarify his comments later in the day, Stewart said: "We can not brush aside the murder of any journalist, and I have always said that those who are responsible for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi should be held responsible".
"There are lots of Republicans who are going to try to water this down, but they'll have to find 50 votes, and I'm not sure that they have 50 votes for a substitute".