"Yes, I think he did it", Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doubled down on his condemnation of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman Sunday, recalling his past admiration for the leader by whom he now feels played in light of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
After finally admitting that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate, Saudi King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.
Government officials in several other countries, including the United States, Germany and Britain, have issued similar statements expressing skepticism of the Saudi account of Khashoggi's death, while also demanding a full and transparent investigation. We don't know in terms of details how.
"I don't believe you can have someone who would authorize this sort of an act be in a position of power with a nation that's very important to us", Tillis said. He apologized to Khashoggi's family, and said, "Our condolences go out to them".
Riyadh said he was killed in a fist fight in the consulate. Now, the Turks say they have audio, the source of some of the more lurid details they have given about the killing.
'Yet, on the other, ministers are quite rightly sceptical over Saudi Arabia's ability to properly investigate over a high-profile case like Jamal Khashoggi.
The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has described Khashoggi's death as a "shocking violation" of global conventions, and on Saturday Canada's Foreign Minister Chrsytia Freeland said "the explanations offered to date lack consistency and credibility". "In this case, people have turned it upside down, unfortunately", al-Jubeir said.
It called on Saudi authorities to produce Khashoggi's body so that independent forensic experts could perform an autopsy.
Earlier this week, Trump said that there would be "severe consequences" if it is found that the Saudis murdered Khashoggi, and on Friday the president said that Saudi's announcement that it had suspects in custody was "a good first step".
A woman stands next to police barriers, in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, on October 20, 2018.
"I am not satisfied until we find the answer".
The Times also cited a report by the consultancy firm McKinsey & Co that discussed public perception of economic austerity measures announced by Saudi Arabia in 2015.