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Republican Senators Call Saudi Crown Prince "Complicit" In Khashoggi's Killing

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Following a briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel, leading Senate Republicans described Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "complicit" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters there was "zero question" in his mind that the crown prince ordered the killing.

"If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty," Corker said. "So, the question is what do we do about that."

Similarly, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called bin Salman "complicit" in Khashoggi's murder to the "highest level possible," saying, "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw."

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi," Graham said.

The comments from the GOP Senators come even though members of President Donald Trump's administration have suggested there is no direct evidence linking the Saudi leader to the killing.

Trump noted in a statement last month that the crown prince and his father King Salman have vigorously denied any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Khashoggi.

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been living in the U.S., was killed and allegedly dismembered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd.

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