"If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in 30 minutes", said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Saudi Arabia, for its part, had initially denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance but claimed via state media in October that Khashoggi had been strangled in a fistfight with 15 men sent to confront him at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
As recently as Wednesday, Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo argued that the agency he used to head found "no direct reporting" that linked Mohammed to the murder as he urged senators not to advance a measure that would cut US support for Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen, which has drawn further scrutiny in the wake of Khashoggi's death. "It's a smoking saw", Graham told reporters, referring to the bone saw allegedly used by Saudi authorities to dismember the journalist.
Lindsey Graham, who says he will push the Senate to vote on a resolution that finds the crown prince complicit in the murder, said one would have to "be willfully blind" not to come to the conclusion that Khashoggi's death was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince.
Lindsey Graham, a Republican, made the blunt comments following a briefing from the Central Intelligence Agency about Mr Khashoggi, who was killed after he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on 2 October.
"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!".
Chase Thomas, executive director of the left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah, said Stewart was continuing to blindly defend Trump at all costs.
Sen. Bob Corker says a jury would find the Saudi crown prince 'in about 30 minutes.'
Illinois Republican Senator Dick Durbin also predicted that after the briefing, "the sentiment to continue this effort is stronger now than ever". "The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region".
Still, the agency later agreed to do an additional briefing with a select group of senators.
Graham wrote in the Journal that "it is important for Congress to signal that there is no excuse for recent Saudi behavior".
"Now, the question is, how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself", he said. He said, while also noting, "We're with Saudi Arabia".
He added: "We're looking for an appropriate response that doesn't completely fracture the relationship".
Even if the Yemen resolution passes the Senate, it appears unlikely to advance in the House.