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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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 EngelMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border 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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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.