Central Intelligence Agency briefing on Khashoggi solidifies senators’ view of Prince Mohammed’s complicity

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Today's comments from Turkish prosecutors come a day after senior US senators said they were more certain than ever that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi after receiving a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.

Mr Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and inside was tortured, drugged and dismembered before being disposed of.

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.

Khashoggi's Washington Post editor, Karen Attiah, said that he should be expelled from the USA outright.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday night that he's going to come down "like a ton of bricks" on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The arrest application filed in Turkish courts asserted there is "strong suspicion" the two aides were involved in planning the killing, officials confirmed to ABC News.

An Istanbul official said today: 'The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals.

Riyadh could "address those concerns" by extraditing the suspects to Turkey, the official said.

"Saudi Arabia's a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving - but not at all costs", Graham said.

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"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't", Trump said last month about whether the crown prince had known about the murder.

Senators had wanted a briefing from Haspel about the CIA's assessment that bin-Salman was behind the killing but the Trump administration had sent instead secretaries of state and defence Mike Pompeo and James Mattis to bring them.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., concluded the crown prince was involved and suggested in a CNN interview Wednesday that Mattis and Pompeo were both technically accurate and echoing the administration's position.

Saudi Arabia has so far detained 21 people in connection and is seeking death penalties against five of them.

Despite Donald Trump's desire to maintain close ties to Saudi Arabia, several of his fellow Republicans have joined Democrats in blaming the crown prince for Khashoggi's death and backing legislation to respond by ending USA support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, imposing new sanctions and stopping weapons sales. "Now, the question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself?"

"It'll have teeth", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, who added that the senators are trying to piece together various proposals into one plan to achieve bipartisan consensus.

"It's not a smoking gun, it's a smoking saw", said Sen.

Last week, 14 Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the Senate and rarely break from the president, defied Trump's wishes and voted with Democrats in favour of moving ahead with the war powers resolution.

"I went in believing the crown prince was directly responsible or at least complicit in this and my feelings were strengthened by the information we were given", Durbin said.

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