Meanwhile, two USA senators who attended a briefing Tuesday by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel on the killing of Khashoggi said they no longer had any doubt that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the dissident's murder.
"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.
For his part, Trump has said "maybe he did and maybe he didn't" when asked if the crown prince knew about the plot to kill Khashoggi.
Corker and other Republican senators, such as Lindsey Graham of SC, have slammed President Donald Trump repeatedly for his stance toward Saudi Arabia following the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, who was a columnist for The Washington Post and a US resident. The Crown Prince has to be held responsible for the murder of somebody living in the United States and working as a journalist, but first things first. The journalist, who had lived in the USA and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.
The prosecutor's office has concluded there is "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who were removed from their positions in October, were among the planners of the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the officials said.
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Earlier this week, a select group of senators was briefed behind closed doors by CIA Director Gina Haspel on what the US intelligence community knows about the journalist's death.
MIT president Rafael Reif asked for a review of the university's relationships with the longtime U.S. ally after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Senators have demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on the Khashoggi killing and have signaled they may back broader sanctions against the kingdom. Senators on both sides of the aisle do not want this issue to go away without a fight.
"There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw", Graham said, taking a shot at Defense Secretary James Mattis, who told senators last week that there was "no smoking gun" linking bin Salman to the killing. Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday "there's a smoking saw" in the case against him. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes.
"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion and that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi", Graham said.
"If there is going to be some coordinated action to send a strong signal, we should do so in the next two to three weeks before there is a break that will, I think, dissipate some of the focus and energy [regarding Saudi Arabia]", Democrat Chris Coons of DE told VOA.