US Lawmaker Demands Lobby Firms Detail Dealings With Riyadh Amid Khashoggi Case

US Lawmaker Demands Lobby Firms Detail Dealings With Riyadh Amid Khashoggi Case

Several senators said they were angry about the absence of CIA Director Gina Haspel from the pre-vote briefing. The president and his top aides have said there is no "direct" evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the murder.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump is "part of the cover-up as to what happened" in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We understand that Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi-important country, and we've watched innocent people be killed, we've watched people dying of diseases they shouldn't be dying of..."

That number appears to have increased after the October 2 death of Khashoggi, the US -educated journalist who was publicly critical of the Saudi crown prince.

"The Argentine judiciary, by taking steps toward a formal investigation, is sending a clear message that even powerful officials like Mohammed bin Salman are not above the law and will be scrutinized if implicated in grave global crimes", the group said in a statement.

The Republican-led Senate voted 63 to 37 on Wednesday to advance legislation which would end the USA military's support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The crown prince was received by President Beji Caid Essebsi, who awarded him the republic's medal, the highest official award.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that "some kind of response" was needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in Khashoggi's gruesome death.

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The Senate move on Wednesday came in the wake of Trump's dismissal of an intelligence community assessment that concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman most likely ordered Khashoggi's murder.

"Abandoning Yemen would do vast damage to U.S. national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners".

A federal court source says a prosecutor has asked a judge to determine if Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating the prince for possible crimes against humanity.

"In recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner".

And at a rally called "Say No to American Terrorism", Yemenis protested US involvement in the war, and the sale of American weapons to the Saudi-led coalition.

"Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq's fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West's interests, not Tehran's...is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria...cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel...and has also contributed millions of dollars to the US-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organisations", Mr Pompeo wrote as he made the case for strategic relations between U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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