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The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia

December 12, 2018
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in line to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters at the Capitol before a classified briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel to the House leadership about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and, the involvement by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The Senate is preparing for a possible vote on two resolutions to condemn Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The Senate has started debate on a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It’s a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Senate voted 60-39 to open debate on the resolution, signaling that it has enough support to win the 50 votes needed. But it’s unclear how amendments to the measure will affect the final vote count.

Senators have been enraged over Khashoggi’s killing in October and over President Donald Trump’s equivocating on who is to blame.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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12:35 p.m.

CIA Director Gina Haspel has briefed House leaders on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepared for a possible vote on two resolutions that would rebuke Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying.

Two people familiar with the meeting said House leaders received a briefing from Haspel Wednesday morning, a day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are to brief the full House on the killing.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the classified briefing.

Lawmakers leaving the briefing, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, declined to comment, saying it was classified.

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