The Saudi prince is facing continuing pressure over the October 2 killing of the journalist inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul.
Six U.S. senators introduced a non-binding resolution Wednesday that asserts Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as senators try to reach agreement on a stronger bipartisan response.
"The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official continued.
Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who after hearing a briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel earlier this week said their belief the crown prince was involved in the journalist's death had been cemented by the intelligence committee's assessment. The Senate is expected to vote next week on the Yemen resolution, but senators are wrestling with how to limit amendments to prevent a freewheeling floor debate that would allow votes on unrelated issues.
Senators in both parties have been enraged over the killing and over Trump's equivocating on who is to blame. Corker also took aim at the kingdom's ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman, the crown prince's younger brother, referring to him as an individual of "zero credibility" and suggesting that he could be expelled.
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"And the second thing is what is in the best interest of the United States and this is a very, very hard challenge because we have to, on one hand, hold them accountable, including the crown prince, for whatever action he may be involved with", the Utah congressman said.
Actor Sean Penn is now in Turkey working on a documentary about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi iat the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a story that's been a highly-debated topic in America for the last two months.
However, U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that the country will not target the prince himself.
The Senate is gearing up for a potentially unwieldy debate over US policy regarding Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and a Tuesday briefing for key senators from the Central Intelligence Agency chief did nothing to thwart that. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said.
"She didn't tell them anything that (Mattis and Pompeo didn't say)", the Texas Republican said, "so any senator who wants the information has had access to it".
Durbin joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a full-Senate briefing from Haspel. "It's not based on friendship as much as it's based on common interests, combating extremism in the Middle East and countering the Iranian threat", said Senator John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican.
It also calls for holding MBS accountable "for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, preventing a resolution to the blockade of Qatar, the jailing and torture of dissidents and activists inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [and] the use of force to intimidate rivals".