FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 9, 2018. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Courtroom/Handout by way of REUTERS/File Picture
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Overseas Relations Committee stated he would introduce as quickly as Tuesday a joint decision condemning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which may power President Donald Trump to resolve whether or not to signal or veto.
Republican Senator Bob Corker stated he anticipated the measure to go the Senate, noting that its co-sponsors embody Majority Chief Mitch McConnell. If it passes the Home of Representatives, it might go to the White Home for Trump to signal or veto.
Corker stated he hoped to introduce the laws as quickly as later Tuesday. “Hopefully, we’ll have a really, very robust vote on a decision condemning the crown prince,” Corker stated.
Aides to Republican Home Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon whether or not the Home deliberate to vote on the measure if it handed the Senate.
Individually, a Home aide stated that CIA Director Gina Haspel would maintain a categorised briefing for Home leaders and the heads of nationwide safety committees on the Khashoggi scenario on Wednesday.
Joint congressional resolutions have to be signed by the president and have the power of legislation. The decision’s content material has not been launched, so it was not clear whether or not the joint decision would immediate any particular punishment in opposition to the crown prince or the dominion, past an announcement of condemnation.
Corker stated it was largely just like a decision launched final week by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and different Republicans and Democrats that condemned Khashoggi’s loss of life and stated the Senate “has a excessive degree of confidence” that the Saudi crown prince was complicit in his homicide.
Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who was a columnist for the Washington Publish, was killed contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Modifying by Jeffrey Benkoe