Saudi Arabia modifies intelligence service following Khashoggi murder

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King Salman ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service in October after the authorities, following initial denials, acknowledged that Khashoggi had been killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate by a team of Saudi intelligence and security agents.

Saudi officials have said, without providing proof, that the 15-man team was put together by the deputy head of the General Intelligence Presidency, Ahmed al-Asiri, whom the king fired along with royal,上海419龙凤后花园Dakota, adviser Saud al-Qahtani.

The new government departments – for strategy and development, legal af上海419论坛fairs, and performance evaluation and internal review – are meant to ensure that intelligence operations align with national security policy, international law and human rights treaties, state news agency SPA reported.

They were created by a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s defense minister. He has denied accusations of ordering the hit against Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of the crown prince.

Western allies have called on Riyadh to hold those responsible for the murder accountable. The Saudi public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five suspects, as the kingdom tries to contain its biggest political crisis for a generation.

The U.S. Senate last week blamed Prince Mohammed for the murder, in a rare rebuke to President Donald Trump, who has said he wants Washington to stand by the 33-year-old de facto leader, despite a CIA assessment it was likely he ordered the killing.

White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

WASHINGTON ( ) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama’s search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.

Ruemmler, who informed Obama in a phone call on Wednesday, faced the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle over her involvement in a host of White House issues that stirred controversy in politically polarized Washington.

Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found.

“Kathy took this step this week on her own volition,” the White House official said.

Ruemmle,爱上海Ines,r declined to comment.

Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about an internal White House investigation led by Ruemmler into an April 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia.

During her tenure as the top White House lawyer, she was also involved in a variety of other issues that became controversial, such as a scandal involving the 上海龙凤419Internal Revenue Service and the deaths of three Americans at a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.

“I believe that there ,上海千花网Paula,was a perception that the confirmation difficulties might have been insurmountable,” said a former administration official familiar with the situation.

U.S. Solicitor General Don Verrilli, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Loretta Lynch and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are among the other candidates on Obama’s list for the job.

Holder announced his decision to step down on Sept. 25. Obama will not announce a nominee until after the Nov. 4 elections, a delay sought by some Senate Democrats who wanted to avoid another controversy ahead of the vote.

“Once the president has identified a candidate, we will build a confirmation strategy around the nominee and that includes questions of timing,” the official said.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough heaped praise on Ruemmler in comments released by the White House, saying she remains a trusted adviser to the president and is “as selfless as they come.”