More Republicans challenge Trump on defense of Saudi crown prince

Republican Sen. Mike Lee: ‘Next Congress’ Will Likely ‘Look Into’ Motive Behind Trump’s Decision-Making On Saudi Arabia

US senator disagrees with Trump over CIA's Khashoggi assessment

TRUMP: It's a very important ally, and if we go by a certain standard, we won't be able to have allies with nearly any country, okay? "Strength is telling the truth even when it's hard".

"The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region", the president added, noting Saudi investments in US military equipment and other contracts.

A team of 15 Saudis flew to Istanbul, Turkey, on government aircraft in early October and killed Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile from the kingdom in Virginia, inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman. "It's inconsistent with the intelligence I've seen", said Lee.

Numerous U.S. lawmakers have said they intend to push for U.S. sanctions against Saudi Arabia because of Khashoggi's killing.

"Now you don't have to be the Central Intelligence Agency to put things together and say how could this have happened without the prince being involved", King said Sunday on the CBS News program "Face the Nation".

"I believe this is an opportunity for Congress to weigh in and say let's hold our efforts in Yemen", he added.

At the same time, Corker said that he expected the Senate to vote this week on a privileged resolution - authored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would end U.S. involvement in the Saudi conflict in Yemen ― a military campaign that has created the world's largest humanitarian crisis and a major element of current U.S. -Saudi cooperation. But again, I think Congress has to take some ownership of U.S. foreign policy, especially as it relates to our intervention in this war, our unconstitutional fighting of a civil war in Yemen that has never been declared by the U.S. Congress as a problem - and that's on us. Lee said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I'm also certain in the next Congress, people will look into that".

Congressman Adam Schiff, set to become the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats take control of the House in January, told CNN, "I have been briefed by the CIA and, while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can say that I think the president is being dishonest with the American people". "And if there are indicators coming from those intelligence agencies, he also needs to be involved in some sort of action".

Democrats intend to probe US President Donald Trump's financial ties to determine whether they are the "hidden hand" driving US foreign policy on Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday (Nov 25).

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