Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. "And at the same time what is protecting USA interests, what is going to counter Shia extremists; what will help bring stability; what will help bring an end to the war in Yemen".
Khalid did not attend the funeral, however, despite earlier saying he meant to go, NBC reported.
And a Saudi embassy spokesperson tweeted Tuesday: "At no time did HRH (His Royal Highness) the Crown Prince correspond with any Saudi officials in any government entity on harming Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen".
Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey after arriving for routine paperwork. "And yet we have to have a relationship with these individuals or with these countries". "His status as such remains unchanged", the official said. The Saudi coalition faced criticism for indiscriminately bombing civilian targets and infrastructure, though the Trump administration argues the situation would be much worse without USA assistance.
During his visit, Penn is expected to meet with the Washington Post columnist's fiance, Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported. "And you can interpret that as a message on the Yemen war, but you can also interpret that as a message on Khashoggi", the Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, a co-sponsor, told reporters.
Khashoggi was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
"If our government knows that Saudi leaders were involved in the murder of a United States resident, why shouldn't the public know this?"
Two weeks ago Trump said, "I don't know".
Riyadh has strenuously denied the crown prince had anything to do with the journalist's killing and has blamed it on a "rogue operation".
"Every senator should hear what I heard this afternoon", Durbin said. "I ask the USA government to release any information regarding this claim".
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel, the Central Intelligence Agency director.
Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the meeting that the senators were working on a compromise.
"If he (bin Salman) was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes", said Bob Corker, another Republican senator but a Trump critic. He added, "One of them would be holding those accountable for Mr. Khashoggi's murder".
Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hoped to hold a hearing early next week on legislation that included a broad range of efforts to clamp down on Riyadh, including new sanctions and an end to military sales. The move would punish both the president and the Crown Prince for their roles in killing or covering up the journalist's murder.