California Congressmember Ro Khanna has reintroduced a War Powers Resolution to end the war in Yemen for the third time in as many months.
The Senate made history by passing the resolution 56-41 last month, but House Republican leadership was able to block a vote on the bill while they retained control.
Now, however, Democrats are securely in the helm of the House, increasing the chances that the legislation will pass.
Streaming giant Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from the Saudi network at the request of the regime.
The kingdom requested that the episode in which Minhaj criticizes the Saudi regime and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi be taken down from the Saudi network.
Netflix complied with the request, calling it “valid,” and defending the decision by stating that the company was simply complying with “local laws.”
The Senate voted on first steps to open debate surrounding the United States’ tactical support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The vote followed a closed-door briefing in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to sway key swing votes, but failed.
The Senate voted 63-37 to advance the bipartisan measure, but White House advisors have recommended that the president veto the resolution should it pass.
The Senate will not be allowed to hear CIA Director Gina Haspel or any other intelligence official’s insight into U.S. journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s murder.
Shortly after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi operatives, CIA Director Gina Haspel was permitted to listen to audio recordings of the incident by the Turkish government along with other world leaders.
The news came just before today’s closed-door debriefing on U.S.-Saudi relations in the Senate, spearheaded by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Trump issued a written statement yesterday explaining that, despite all the evidence, he has chosen to side with the Saudi regime over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
Subtitled, “America First,” the statement was reportedly awash in exclamation points.
The president’s insistence on continuing to support the Saudi regime comes after the CIA confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was almost certainly the decision-maker behind Khashoggi’s assassination.
Last Wednesday, House Republicans voted to block Democrats from forcing a vote on the U.S. support for the war in Yemen under the War Powers Act.
A bit of insidious political machination silenced Representative Ro Khanna, who introduced a resolution to stop U.S. logistical support for the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen.
Current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan blocked the resolution from receiving a vote despite the fact that historical precedent allows any member of Congress to bring forward a war powers resolution in order to force a vote on an issue of war and peace.
The CIA has joined Turkey in accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The assertion that the Crown Prince — known as MBS — was indeed responsible for the death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi is in direct contradiction with the Saudi government’s claims.
More than a dozen Saudi officials have been arrested in connection with the murder, a handful are facing the death penalty, and the monarchy has named a senior intelligence official as the leader of the hit-team.
The administration has sanctioned a number of Saudi Arabian officials over the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, but not the Crown Prince.
The Trump administration issued sanctions against 17 Saudi officials today in response to the officials’ involvement in the assassination of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.
The Treasury Department froze all officials’ U.S. assets and prohibited American citizens from doing business with them.
The Washington Post is reporting that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told White House officials that Jamal Khashoggi was a terrorist.
According to the report, bin Salman, better known as MBS, was on a call with White House advisor Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton when he made the accusation.
The crown prince falsely claimed that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that the Saudi government has classified as a terrorist organization.
After weeks of denial, the Saudi government has acknowledged Jamal Khashoggi’s death and claim that he was killed in a fist fight.
Since very few, if any, fist fights end in dismemberment and the smuggling of body parts out of a country, all evidence points to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directing his inner circle to take the fall for his operation.
The Saudi government has said that 18 of its citizens have been detained in connection with the murder.