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Top GOP senator breaks with Trump, slams Saudis

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Published on October 16, 2018 - Duration: 01:23s

Top GOP senator breaks with Trump, slams Saudis

President Trump's attempt to calm the waters over the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi fell flat Tuesday as Senator Lindsey Graham came out swinging against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Vanessa Johnston has the story.

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Top GOP senator breaks with Trump, slams Saudis

***EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT IS NO USE AFTER 1300GMT ON OCTOBER 17, 2018*** Lindsey Graham: "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 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... amid mounting pressure from Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle… 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..

Media reports say Riyadh may soon issue a report suggesting Khashoggi had been killed accidentally during a botched interrogation...

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