Democratic House panel could investigate ties between Kushner, Saudi crown prince: report

The House Foreign Affairs Committee could investigate ties between senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerJordan: Mueller report should end congressional investigations into Trump Fox's Chris Wallace challenges Nadler on whether no more indictments means no 'criminal collusion' Five things we know about Dems' sprawling Trump probe MORE and the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader probe into the Trump administration's response to the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelLessons from the 1999 U.S. military intervention in Kosovo Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC Pelosi rejects any classified briefings on Mueller report MORE (D-N.Y.), who is poised to become the committee's chairman in the 116th Congress, will prioritize an investigation into "what has driven the U.S. response to the Jamal Khasshogi murder," a Democratic aide told CNN on Monday.  
 
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“The Foreign Affairs Committee will conduct a complete review of U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, including the Administration’s response to the Khashoggi killing," the House Foreign Affairs Committee spokesman told The Hill in an email. He did not address comments about Kushner's involvement. 

"Everything is on the table," Engel said, when asked whether the probe will include the reportedly close relationship between Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The New York Times on Sunday reported that Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE's son-in-law, offered advice to Crown Prince Mohammed about how to “weather the storm” after Khashoggi's death.

The two reportedly continued to message back and forth as Khashoggi's death sparked an international diplomatic crisis. 

Khashoggi was killed in the kingdom's Istanbul Consulate in early October. Lawmakers are gearing up for a heated battle over U.S.-Saudi relations. 

The CIA has concluded that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's assassination, though Trump has not backed the U.S. intelligence agency's findings.

Multiple senators, including some who typically side with Trump, emerged from a briefing about Khashoggi's murder saying that they feel the evidence conclusively ties the crown prince to Khashoggi's slaying. 

Khashoggi was a Washington Post contributing columnist and Virginia resident.

Trump has continued to emphasize the financial and diplomatic ties between Washington and Riyadh, in particular the multimillion-dollar arms deal from the U.S., as he downplays the crown prince's involvement. 

The Senate could break with Trump this week with a vote on a resolution aimed at ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.