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They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have argued that Washington should not take action that would risk its relationship with Riyadh, which is viewed as an important counterweight to Iran in the Middle East. Following the briefing, a handful of senators said they believe that MBS ordered the hit on Khashoggi.

"I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it", Corker said.

Last week, 14 of Trump's fellow Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the Senate and rarely break from the president, defied his wishes and voted with Democrats to advance the measure that would end USA support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen.

The president has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

After that briefing, Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. Rand Paul is up in arms.

"Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs".

Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, has returned to the United States, where he intends to continue in his role as the Gulf kingdom's ambassador in Washington, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

As explained Republican Senator from Tennessee Bob Corker, if Salman was in front of a jury, it would be condemned for murder about 30 minutes.

"I just don't know what it is going to be, or who will be implicated, but we will follow it as far as we can".

As reported by "Know.ia" the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could provoke him private messages on WhatsApp "Know.Eeyore" wrote, the Central Intelligence Agency received a recording of the conversation of the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, where he explicitly gives an illegal instruction.

"The senators on both sides acknowledge that the president will be hesitant on this issue, as he has clearly thrown his hat in with the crown prince", Lobb concluded. The vote last week allowed the Senate to debate the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say. He said he was working with colleagues on how to amend the resolution, and he had not had suggestions from the Trump administration on how it might prefer to proceed.