Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Is MbS set to lose crown prince's position — Global Geopolitical Series

Is MbS set to lose crown prince's position — Global Geopolitical Series

The Saudi columnist for The Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, 2018.

The prime minister explained at the time that he had a "frank" conversation with the prince on the killing, Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen and jailed activists.

The handful of prominent Republicans who openly broke with the administration over Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday after receiving a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, included South Carolina Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an ally of President Donald Trump, did not hold back his condemnation of "MbS", as Bin Salman has come to be known in Western media.

In his bid to pressure the Trump administration to condemn the crown prince, Graham, who has become one of the president's most vocal allies, said there may not be a "smoking gun", but that there was a "smoking saw", a reference to a bone saw that investigators said was used to cut up Khashoggi's body.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that senators are trying to figure out how to amend the resolution, which directs the president to remove most USA armed forces from hostilities affecting Yemen.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

Graham stressed that he believes the crown prince has put the decades-long US-Saudi relationship at risk.

"And we're going to continue to press for answers".

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"I do believe that it's really needed in terms of ensuring what really happened and who are the responsible for that terrible killing".

"I think we have lost a lot of our moral high ground", McCaskill said on the day of the vote.

The U.S. has slapped sanctions on Saudis involved in the murder.

With many senators furious about being excluded from the briefing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded Haspel "brief the full Senate without delay".

President Trump has equivocated about assigning blame for Khashoggi's killing, frustrating lawmakers from both parties.

In a column for The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for global norms.

"We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country's long-term interests, values and reputation", wrote Graham, a frequent ally of the president, of the Senate.

"Somebody should be punished", Republican Senator Richard Shelby said.

Turkey shared the audio tape of the killing with western North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal those truly culprit. "MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball". The House hasn't moved on the issue, and Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution "isn't the way to go".

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