Will Donald Trump change his mind on the Khashoggi killing?

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"We have to figure out a way to condemn the butchery and the murder in the strongest possible terms without blowing up the Middle East", Kennedy said. Graham, Corker and other lawmakers came out of the meeting even more convinced of their opposition to the crown prince.

John McCain, who has been on board with much of President Donald Trump's agenda since McCain's death in August, Graham has sided with critics of Trump's Saudi Arabia policy over the Khashoggi incident.

The Senate is expected to vote on the war powers resolution next week, but lawmakers have not yet agreed on how, or whether, it should be amended.

In recent months, Mattis - a former Marine four-star popular with lawmakers - has defended other politically controversial moves by the Trump administration, like troop deployments to the US border and plans to reorganize the military for a Space Force. As the leader of the free world, we have to accomplish two goals: defend human rights while also attempting to maintain important relationships with key allies that we hope will help us bring stability to critical parts of the world. Leadership is anxious that the Senate floor not get bogged down in the waning days of the lame-duck session.

Murphy noted that the debate would have to kick over into next year regardless of whether the Senate passes the resolution, as House Republicans are unlikely to approve it while they remain in the majority before January.

Also sponsoring the resolution are GOP senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Todd Young of IN, and Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, Ed Markey of MA and Chris Coons of Delaware.

A woman holds a child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment center in a hospital in Taez, Yemen, Nov. 21, 2018.

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Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement that "every Senator should hear what I heard this afternoon".

Senate passage of either resolution on Saudi Arabia would not, by itself, force the Trump administration to take any specific actions.

Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents on October 2 after arriving to handle routine paperwork.

The ambassador is the brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose alleged role in ordering the murder is at the heart of a burning controversy in the United States and across the world.

A briefing by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel for senators on Tuesday hardened their resolve to act against the prince known as MbS, who has the support of Trump. Planned it in advance. If he was in front of jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes, guilty. Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday "there's a smoking saw" in the case against him.

Graham had said that "there's a smoking saw" implicating MBS, adding that anyone who would deny his involvement at this point is "willfully blind". "There's a consensus among a lot of us that we want to suspend arms sales and stop support for the war - how do you best do that?" Members of that chamber are scheduled to receive a briefing from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on December 13, according to a House aide.

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