U.S. not covering up Khashoggi murder, Pompeo says

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

"This was not a government-sanctioned operation".

The US will continue investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. The U.S. Senate even offered the Magnitsky Act, which targets people responsible for human rights violations or corruption.

Pakistan is likely to sign a number of investment deals, including the construction of multi-billion-dollar oil refinery in the port city of Gwadar, during Crown Prince Salman's visit.

After initially denying his death, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its agents killed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government.

Eleven suspects have been indicted in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder, and on Friday a top Saudi official rejected accusations that the crown prince ordered the killing.

"This amounts to the Trump administration aiding in the cover-up of a murder", Kaine said in a statement.

"America should never descend to this level of moral bankruptcy", Kaine added. "Congress will not relent in its efforts to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for this heinous crime".

Trump's idle position has angered lawmakers, who have tried to establish a connection between the murder and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), whom the Central Intelligence Agency assessed with high-confidence that he "personally targeted" Khashoggi and "probably ordered his death". The prosecutor has said that the authorities were seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects.

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"America has taken more action in response to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi and will continue to take more action, continue our investigation".

Pompeo said that Trump's administration was "working diligently" on its investigation.

On 8 February, the deadline for submitting the Khashoggi report to Congress, a State Department representative told Reuters. However, the government did not issue official statement regarding the objective of the grant.

Some Democrats and Republicans, however, maintain the sanctions, including a ban on travel to the USA, are insufficient.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Democratic Sen.

Saudi Arabia contributes significantly to India's energy security needs by supplying about 20 per cent of crude requirements of the country. "So he doesn't have an option here".

"Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfill his duty", Mr. Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union". "We can just make a determination ourselves".

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