- There is growing resentment in the US Congress over the behavior of President Donald Trump in the case of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Trump let go of a deadline set by the Senate, to which Trump should tell whether according to his government Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind the murder.
- A bipartisan group of senators drafted a bill to restrict arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
In the Jamal Khashoggi murder, the US Congress is increasing pressure on Riad's leadership and its allied administration of President Donald Trump. On Friday, parliamentarians led by Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and his Republican counterpart Lindsey Graham drafted a bill banning certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
The initiative was a response to the killing of Khashoggi and the Saudi role in the Yemen war. The attack fell on the same day that the Trump administration was supposed to inform Congress about its conclusions on whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been personally responsible for the killing of the Saudi journalist.
However, since "the Trump administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for the killers of Mr. Khashoggi, it is time for Congress to intervene and bring real consequences to our relationship with the kingdom and the Saudi-led coalition to reassess, "Menendez said.
After a report of the New York Times On Thursday, the US intelligence services had already recorded a conversation in 2017, in which the Crown Prince brought a killing of Khashoggi into play. Literally Mohammed bin Salman is said to have told a high-ranking employee that he would have "a bullet" for the journalist if he did not return to Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi wrote critical columns on the leadership in Riyadh and lived in self-imposed exile in Virginia. He entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect documents for his upcoming wedding.
"Our leadership is a red line"
After weeks of denial that Khashoggi was killed in the building, the kingdom was then charged with eleven people for murder, including senior officials from the Crown Prince's environment. Five of them face the death penalty. At the same time, Saudi Arabia insists that it was a rogue "rogue operation" without official orders. However, some time ago, US intelligence agencies came to the conclusion that at least Salman must have known about the murder plans.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Dzhubir reaffirmed the Crown Prince's innocence in response to US Senator sanctions plans. He also rejected calls made in Congress to resign as de facto leader of the kingdom. "Our leadership is a red line," al-Dzhubir told reporters during a visit to Washington. That anyone could think to tell his country what to do with his leadership is "outlandish".