Lawmakers on both sides of the US political spectrum continue to demand answers over Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman (MBS)’s role in the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, even as President Donald Trump tries his best to protect the prince from criticism.
Republican top Senator Bob Corker, one of the first lawmakers to speak up after Khashoggi went missing, said Sunday that MBS should be held into account if he indeed ordered the hit job.
“If he’s gone forth and murdered this journalist, he’s now crossed the line. And there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that,” Corker told CNN.
“I’m not rushing to judgment,” added the senator, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “Do I think he did it? Yes, I think he did it.”
Another senior Republican to address the issue on Sunday was Senator Rand Paul, who said he was certain MBS ordered and directed the murder and that Washington needed to punish…