'Future United States House Foreign Affairs Committee leader, Senator Eliot Engel, has planned to launch an investigation about US policy on Saudi Arabia, including ties between senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Engel is "committed to conducting a top-to-bottom review of US policy towards Saudi Arabia and that includes what has driven the US response to the Jamal Khashoggi murder," announced Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat spokesman Tim Mulvey, speaking to the CNN on Monday.
Asked if the probe may include ties between Kushner and bin Salman, Mulvey stressed that "everything is on the table."
Engel will head the Committee starting early January next year.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi crown prince and a US resident, disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia initially claimed he had left the consulate alive, but weeks later admitted that he was killed inside the diplomatic mission and blamed the death on a group of "rogue" Saudi operatives.
The case has caused controversy for US President Donald Trump's administration who enjoys close ties with the controversial prince.
Trump has since disregarded any serious measures against Saudi Arabia, openly stating that a rift with the oil-rich kingdom would jeopardize US economic interests and its anti-Iran policy.
Furthermore, Kushner's ties with Saudi Arabia were also brought into question last week after a New York Times report claimed that the senior White House adviser had became bin Salman’s "most important defender" in the White House.
The report alleged that Kushner had even advised the crown prince on "how to weather the storm" caused by Khashoggi's assassination.'
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