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The resolution is largely symbolic, but it registers the Senate's unrest with the killing and the Trump administration's response.

Two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are being targeted by Turkish prosecutors.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an global investigation.

WASHINGTON: The Saudi ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman, brother of the powerful crown prince, has returned to Washington after leaving the U.S. capital in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an official said Wednesday.

Turkey's Anadolu news agency said that a court had approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri.

"The worldwide community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime".

Graham said that President Trump has worked to create a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, and he "clearly" isn't being respected.

There have been growing calls in the U.S. for Congress to take a strong stance against the Saudi crown prince, amid the White House's apparent refusal to implicate bin Salman, a close Trump ally, in the murder. "The crown prince directed the murder and was kept apprised of the situation all the way through".


Graham made the unambiguous rebuke following a classified briefing on the murder with CIA Director Gina Haspel, who is one of the only US officials who listened to the audio recording of Khashoggi's death.

Bipartisanship is a rarity in the Washington, DC of 2018, but this week, a group of Republican and Democratic senators have introduced a bipartisan resolution that not only rebukes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, for the murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, but also, for Saudi policies in Yemen and Qatar.

Corker said he has suggested some changes to the legislation to Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel. "I can foresee a circumstance where a bunch of amendments might be voted down and at some point, [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's] got to move to a vote on the underlying resolution", Murphy said.

Blunt did attend a briefing on Khashoggi's death last month led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Corker pointed out that a jury "would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes" if the crown prince went on trial.

He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. "I know that some members of our community believe that MIT has an obligation to join in efforts to censure and isolate the Saudi government, and I think they will say we're making the wrong judgment here. This guy's nuts", Graham said. "Guilty. A guilty verdict".

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some lawmakers is "the very definition of the deep state" and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some lawmakers to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information.

Six missing after US military aircraft crashes off Japan
The US has more than 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, more than 18,000 of them in the US Marine Corps . The aircrafts had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, a USA station in Japan .