Sen. Mike Lee on Sunday morning disagreed with President Trump’s stane on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
On Meet The Press, Lee said he disagreed with President Trump’s public stance casting doubt on bin Salman’s role in the assassination of the Washington Post columnist. From The Hill:
“Intelligence I’ve seen suggests that this was ordered by the crown prince,” he added.
Lee also called for the U.S. to stop aiding Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s deadly civil war.
“This unauthorized, unconstitutional war from our standpoint is not something we ought to be fighting,” he said. “This is not an ally that deserves this kind of military intervention, especially because there’s been no connection between the safety of the American people and our involvement in this war.”
EXCLUSIVE: On Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tells Chuck Todd that “the intelligence I’ve seen suggests that this was ordered by the Crown Prince” #MTP@SenMikeLee: “I disagree with the president’s assessment” pic.twitter.com/kBJ62VfwWP
Trump has continually cast doubt on the crown prince’s role in Khashoggi’s death, accusing the press of “false reporting” after reports that the CIA concluded bin Salman was behind the murder. Trump said “maybe he did or maybe he didn’t” about the CIA’s assessment.