Corker was one of several lawmakers who emerged from a small briefing with the Central Intelligence Agency director appearing convinced of the prince's responsibility for the killing.
The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong-and that MBS himself did not order the killing.
The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered the prince's image overseas.
Earlier today, Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel's held a briefing discussing the matter, which resulted in several Republican Senators, including Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) declaring they have no doubts that Khashoggi's murder was ordered Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that senators are trying to figure out how to amend the resolution, which directs the president to remove most USA armed forces from hostilities affecting Yemen. "There's a smoking saw", Graham said.
Graham said he won't support arms sales to Saudi Arabia while Prince Mohammed is in power. He said it seemed as though the White House's response to the Khashoggi killing was that "you can kill a journalist". Haspel, today, met with a small group of senators, including leadership and the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she didn't attend an all-Senate briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last week.
Graham is quick to defend Pompeo and Mattis, calling them "good soldiers" in his statement, but he throws Trump under the bus.
The CIA, meanwhile, is facing growing pressure to brief the full Senate, since Tuesday's briefing comprised only roughly a dozen senators from the party leadership and who sit on key committees.
Last week senators voted to move ahead with a resolution that could cut U.S. assistance for the military campaign in Yemen. "I think you know enough and the American public knows enough about Saudi Arabia and about this murder to conclude that whether or not we have a smoking gun, there is no way that 17 people that close to that crown prince go to Turkey and murder a guy at a consulate and [the crown prince] not know about it and he not be OK with it, period".
"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals", Reuters quoted one Turkish official as saying on December 5. Todd Young (R) said the administration was "clearly and directly blown off" by Riyadh. "Period. We believe in "freedom of the press" here, and we should be promoting that ideal around the world, not excusing it because it's politically convenient in excusing the blunders of our president". The war has sparked what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis in a half-century, with half of Yemen's 28 million people on the brink of starvation. Some 14 million people face starvation, and recent studies estimate 85,000 children under five have starved to death.
Riyadh has continued to distance the prince from the murder and has been backed by Donald Trump's administration, which downplayed Prince Salman's possible connections to the killing.
Blunt is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the fourth-ranking member of Senate GOP leadership. The assistance began under the Obama administration.
Last week, the Senate took the historic step of voting to take up a resolution, spearheaded by Sens. Though it was passed almost 50 years ago, there is still a debate over whether the resolution is constitutional. The next vote, a motion to proceed with the final vote, could come as soon as Thursday, Senate aides told Foreign Policy.