Pompeo denies USA trying to cover up Khashoggi killing

Pompeo denies USA trying to cover up Khashoggi killing

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, says the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was carried out by Saudi officials 'acting outside their scope of authority.' Asked where Khashoggi's body is, he says, 'We don't know'.

"The president has been very clear - couldn't be more clear - as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable", he said. It alleged USA intelligence agencies intercepted a 2017 conversation between Aldakhil and Mohammed bin Salman in which the crown prince threatened to kill Khashoggi if he did not stop criticizing the Saudi government and return to the kingdom.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, was strangled to death and dismembered in October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to take care of paperwork for his marriage, according to officials.

Although the White House has sanctioned 17 Saudi individuals for their involvement in the murder, including two top aides to MBS, members of Congress from both parties have called for greater action to be taken against the kingdom and its leaders.

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

"America should never descend to this level of moral bankruptcy", Kaine added.

Some Democrats and Republicans, however, maintain the sanctions, including a ban on travel to the USA, are insufficient. Lindsey Graham of SC, introduced legislation Friday that would bar certain arms sales to Riyadh in response to Khashoggi's slaying last October by Saudi operatives, and its role in Yemen's civil war.

Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN Monday that he is working with South Carolina Republican Sen.

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. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".