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

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir says Saudi authorities do not know the location of slain dissident Jamal Khashoggi Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 03:39

President Donald Trump has resisted such legislative efforts, viewing weapons sales as an important source of U.S.jobs and standing by Saudi crown prince and Trump's ally, Mohammed bin Salman.

Reporters, who had followed the Secretary to Budapest for his meetings, grilled him over Senator Tim Kaine's (D-VA) accusation that the Trump administration had turned a "blind eye" on evidence that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi's death. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen.

"Seeing as the Trump administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for Mr. Khashoggi's murderers, it is time for Congress to step in and impose real consequences to fundamentally re-examine our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen", Mr. Menendez said in a statement.

Murphy said lawmakers could go to court to try to make the president comply, or they can move forward with their own list of sanctions.

The Minister was reported to have said that murder was carried out by the officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.

"I call on the administration to immediately comply with the requirements of the law, and to provide Congress with the information required", he said.

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The spokesman said soldiers used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired "in accordance with standard operating procedures ". Around 2 million people live in the Gaza Strip, which the United Nations has warned faces a severe humanitarian crisis.

"There was no order given to conduct this operation", he said, describing the murder of the dissident as a "huge mistake".

The US-based journalist was killed inside the consulate in October 2018.

"Enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month has sat unused and possibly spoiling in silos at the mills for more than four months", United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned in a statement, calling on the Houthis to allow access to the silos.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince at least had knowledge of the plot.

The Trump administration had faced a February 8 deadline to send a report to Congress on who was responsible for Khashoggi's death and whether the US government would impose sanctions on those behind the killing.