A high Senate Republican mentioned Sunday that “excessive confidence” by American intelligence officers will not be sufficient to implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman within the homicide of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and “a smoking gun” would assist justify U.S. sanctions towards the younger royal.
Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and is a member of the chamber’s GOP management staff, mentioned he couldn’t element what was disclosed to him and different lawmakers in a confidential intelligence briefing this week. But “it will not harm right here for an additional few days to move” earlier than President Donald Trump decides whether or not to impose sanctions towards the crown prince, Blunt mentioned — the identical kind of financial penalties the administration leveled Thursday towards 17 different Saudi officers for Khashoggi’s loss of life.
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“I believe a smoking gun would definitely assist, for those who truly did have that particular factor that’s unlikely to be on the market or unlikely to be discovered, the place somebody gave a selected course and you already know that occurred,” Blunt mentioned.
“I believe the ‘excessive confidence’ does not imply that you just even have what you want, if that is the time period that the CIA is utilizing. I’m not speaking about what we heard this week, however speaking about simply what we frequently learn within the paper this morning,” Blunt added.
“If that’s correct, it implies that we do not fairly have all the knowledge we’d prefer to have but.”
Khashoggi was slain on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2 when he went to safe paperwork wanted for his deliberate marriage.