Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi murder

Posted December 02, 2018

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. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that the Saudi crown prince must have at least known about a plot.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) is defending the US role in Yemen in excerpts of prepared remarks he's expected to deliver to members of the Senate.

The vote on Wednesday was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but also to Trump's administration, which has made clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing USA relationship with Riyadh over the killing.

The Senate is considering a vote on the resolution as soon as Wednesday.

Still, as the driving force behind Saudi Arabia's military involvement in Yemen, MBS has been under heightened scrutiny.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he would raise the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "some kind of response" is needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in the gruesome death.

"And of course Saudi Arabia is absolutely crucial for that goal, and I'm ready to discuss it with the crown prince or with any other Saudi officials because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment", Guterres said. The administration "did not win any votes", he said, and there was a lot of frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel did not attend.

Canada announced targeted sanctions Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

Senators are set to question top Trump administration officials at a closed-door briefing about the USA response to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the briefing "inadequate", adding that he will not be a reliable Republican vote on any key legislation until the Central Intelligence Agency briefs the members.

He said CIA had already briefed the Senate intelligence committee and Senate leaders and "will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress".

Pompeo says US involvement in the conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said, "In recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner".

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