(CNN)Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said Tuesday that if the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is implicated in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he should be removed from his country’s line of succession.
“Mohammed bin Salman is not the head of state,” Portman said in a brief interview in the US Capitol in Washington. “His father is, King Salman. And my hope is that if the facts lead to the crown prince, MBS, that there will be a decision to change the leadership, the succession. It’s not our decision. It’s theirs.”
Portman, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, was one of almost two dozen bipartisan senators who signed a letter to President Donald Trump, requiring an investigation into Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Ankara several weeks ago.