Angry Senators Say Trump Administration Is Stonewalling Amid Saudi Crisis

Canada has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals allegedly linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

After weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Saudi Arabia later admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but denied that the royal family and crown prince had any prior knowledge.

Pompeo told reporters that the resolution could thwart USA efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between the opposing sides in the conflict.

Senators are also scheduled to vote on the controversial nomination of Thomas Farr for a North Carolina judicial seat.

The US Senate voted 63-37 Wednesday to advance a resolution calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. As such, speculation that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known colloquially as "MBS") may have ordered Khashoggi's murder is fueling concern in Washington that the current Saudi leadership is bad for business.

Michael De Dora - the Washington advocacy manager at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom - read a statement on behalf of the organization in support of the resolution.

The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher in Washington says opposition to the war in Yemen has gained momentum because of outrage at the administration's response to the killing and many in Congress want a tougher stance from the White House. Lead senators wanted her to provide her direct assessment of Khashoggi's killing and whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible.

The New Jersey Democrat said he respected Pompeo and Mattis but added: "I don't need them to characterize the information of the CIA and the intelligence community".

The judge has accepted a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute Mohammed bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity, hours after he arrived in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit.

"There are certainly members who are weighing the absence of the Central Intelligence Agency director in how they will vote", he said.

James Harnett, a junior and an ANC commissioner, said he advocated for the change to support students pursuing journalism careers who may now feel threatened by the Saudi government's actions. President Trump said he would meet with him, but there was nothing on the schedule.

Graham spoke after senators were briefed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Corker and Menendez earlier this month invoked the Global Magnitsky Law to force the administration within four months to inform Congress on what role the Saudi crown prince played in Khashoggi's murder.

Houthi leaders have said they are ready to move towards a ceasefire if "the Saudi-led coalition wants peace". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "We were told at this briefing that it was at the direction of the White House that she did not attend".

"I don't think the Administration won any votes, won over any troubled Republicans in that briefing", Senator Chris Murphy, D, said.

En route to Argentina, Xi said in Spain on Wednesday that his government would indeed boost protection of intellectual property, although foreign companies in China complain they have heard such promises before. "But I also recognize that we can not limit civilian casualties or advance the peace effort commencing early next month in Sweden by disengaging" with the Saudis, he said in his prepared remarks. But lawmakers have exhausted of such strategic arguments, arguing that Trump should prioritice the defence of American human rights ideals - such as condemning the killing of a journalist - over the expedient of looking the other way.


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