Top US senators briefed by Central Intelligence Agency blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death

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Khashoggi, a U.S. resident since 2017, was killed during his visit to the consulate to obtain marriage-related paperwork on October 2.

Algeria's largest Islamic party on Monday criticized Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia for welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who arrived in the country a day earlier for an official visit. Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said Asiri was the one who ordered the operation to repatriate - but not kill - Khashoggi.

However, a USA official told NBC that Khalid is not expected to be expelled from the country and would continue on as ambassador.

Khashoggi, a USA resident who was a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Haspel met with a small group of senators, including leadership and the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she didn't attend an all-Senate briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis last week.

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The crown prince is "crazy" and "a wrecking ball" who is "complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to the highest level possible", Graham said in withering criticism of an American ally.

However, several reports have suggested that the Saudi prince was involved in the murder.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, was killed inside the consulate after he went there on October to collect documents in order to marry his Turkish fiancée. "You have to be blind not to come to the conclusion that all this was organized by people who were under the command of Mohammed bin Salman", said Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham said that Saudi Arabia is a great ally of the United States and the relationship is worth saving but not at all cost.

The Oscar-winning actor was also spotted outside Saudi consul-general's nearby residence. Graham said that may be true, but there is certainly a "smoking bonesaw", alluding to the murder weapon suspected to have killed Khashoggi. "His status as such remains unchanged", the official said.

After the story broke, Khalid also denied the accusations, saying on Twitter that he last had contact with Khashoggi via text on 26 October 2017. 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. The filmmaker was spotted near the Saudi consulate, where the journalist was murdered, along with 10 other men from the film crew.

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