Pompeo: US 'Not Covering Up' Khashoggi Murder

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

Al-Jubeir claimed Saudi investigators still don't know the location of Khashoggi's body.

"What I tell people is wait until the legal process plays out and then judge us", al-Jubeir told CBS. "We have a number of possibilities, and we're asking what [the alleged murderers] did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing".

"America is not covering up for a murder", Pompeo said during a visit to Hungary, adding that the United States would take more action to hold accountable all those responsible for the USA -based journalist's death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. Riyadh denies its senior leaders were behind the killing.

The incident was blamed on lower-level officials. Eleven of those individuals have been charged by the public prosecutor, and the trials have begun...

A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul.

Khashoggi's body was dismembered and has not been found. His claim, however, undermined the efforts of the country to reveal the case. He added that the delegation will include members of Saudi Royal family, high government officials and renowned businessmen of the Kingdom. Callamard also said evidence gathered during her time in Turkey showed that Khashoggi "was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia".

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A 40-member Saudi delegation, and over 100 Saudi and Pakistani business leaders will attend the global event.

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

The Trump administration pushed back Monday against allegations that it was trying to cover up the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi when it failed to send Congress a report determining who was responsible for his death.

Saudi Arabia is likely to sign investment agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth $14 billion with Pakistan during this high-level visit.

That same day, the Trump administration failed to turn in its report on the Khashoggi killing to Congress, provoking anger among lawmakers.

Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said sanctions against Saudi Arabia are "probably the most appropriate step" after Mr. Trump skipped a congressional deadline Friday for delivering a report on who's responsible for the slaying of Khashoggi.

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