Senators send rebuke to Saudis, Trump over Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan vote, senators have opted to move forward with legislation that would end U.S. involvement in a Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Wednesday’s 63-37 vote was a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia over its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It served as a rebuke not only to the Saudis but also to the Trump administration, which has said it doesn’t want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Riyadh.

The vote showed a significant number of Republicans were willing to break with Trump to express their deep dissatisfaction with Saudi Arabia and with the U.S. response to Khashoggi’s killing in Turkey. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot.