House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff today said President Biden should move to directly punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman now that US intelligence agencies have determined he is responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
"I would like to see the administration go beyond what it has announced in terms of repercussions to make sure there are repercussions directly to the crown prince," said Schiff. "To me it's discordant ... to go after those who followed the orders but not who gave the orders."
Schiff's remarks came after the Biden administration took action against the Saudi government, but declined to punish the crown prince.
Speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Schiff listed steps the Biden administration could take against the crown prince, including shunning him, banning him from the US and pursuing assets that might have played a role in Khashoggi's death.
"I would like to see them do more," said Schiff. "I think that would be consistent with our champion of human rights and we can do so without bringing about a complete rupture of the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia."
Schiff also expressed confidence that the Saudi government would continue to work with the US, despite any forthcoming punishment, saying "they get more out of the relationship than we do"
"They'll decide what's in their best interest and I think they're going decide the best interest is not to completely disrupt relations because we're holding them accountable for a murder the crown prince knows he helped commit," he said.