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 USA resident.
Graham has been particularly incensed by this, even sending a message to President Donald Trump on Fox News last night that he can't let Saudi Arabia get away with this lest he look "weak." Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. But the Senate could vote to end that arms sale or end United States support of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.
Bin Salman has denied any knowledge of the plot to torture, murder and dismember Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in October and the USA has waffled on whether it believes his denials.
Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.
"I think it would have been good to have the full Senate", said Sen. But others, such as Graham, favour a broader measure that ceases arms sales to Saudi Arabia and slaps sanctions against all those responsible, including the crown prince.
The Tennessee Republican added: "If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes".
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And a Saudi embassy spokesperson tweeted Tuesday: "At no time did HRH (His Royal Highness) the Crown Prince correspond with any Saudi officials in any government entity on harming Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen".
But senator after senator leaving the Central Intelligence Agency briefing said there's no doubt that bin Salman was involved, adding that the United States can not ignore the matter.
However, several reports have suggested that the Saudi prince was involved in the murder.
The administration has sanctioned 17 Saudis expected to involved, but lawmakers are demanding much more serious consequences.
Mattis and Pompeo have defended the strategic relationship and downplayed the crown prince's ties to the murder. You'd have to be "willfully blind" to not conclude Mohammed was responsible, he said.
Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the meeting that the senators were working on a compromise.
Saudi Arabia has so far detained 21 people in connection and is seeking death penalties against five of them. "I disagree with that assessment" Rubio said.
"She didn't tell them anything that (Mattis and Pompeo didn't say)", the Texas Republican said, "so any senator who wants the information has had access to it".