>> This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey.>> Senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of ordering the murder of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Graham, one of President Trump's closest allies, venting his fury at the Saudi Crown Prince known as MBS on Fox News a day after President Donald Trump tried to douse the flames over Khashoggi's disappearance in Turkey two weeks ago, suggesting rogue killers might be to blame.
>> Graham having none of it.>> The MBS figure is to me toxic. He can never be a world leader on the world stage. This guy's gotta go.>> Graham blasting the Saudi leader just as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, dispatched by Trump, sat down for talks with him in Riyadh, exchanging pleasantries for the cameras.
> In a little while. So far so good.>> Amid mounting pressure from Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle. Trump later tweeting that he'd spoken with the Crown Prince, who quote totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate. Last week a bipartisan group of 22 senators triggered an investigation into Khashoggi's case under a US law known as the Global Magnitsky Act, which could result in severe sanctions if Khashoggi's disappearance is traced to the Saudi royal court.
Trump has been urging caution, citing the tens of billions in US sales to the Saudis that could be at risk. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, had moved to the US last year, fearing retribution over his criticism of the Saudi prince who has cracked down on dissent. Turkish authorities say a Saudi team killed and dismembered Khashoggi during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Media reports say Riyadh may soon issue a report, suggesting Khashoggi had been killed accidentally during a botched interrogation.