Pompeo says USA 'not covering up' Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

Senators furious about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are working on a bipartisan effort to exert more pressure on the White House as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Monday the administration is not "covering up for a murder". Lawmakers, including Menendez and Sen.

'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. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Khashoggi and the Saudis' role in Yemen.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation", al-Jubeir defended his nation's investigation of the October 2018 murder of the Washington Post columnist as well as its aid to Yemen.

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.

"Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfill his duty", Mr. Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union".

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

After initially denying his death, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its agents killed him but denied its senior leaders were behind the killing. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".

Earlier, diplomatic sources informed that a trade deal worth $14 billion will be signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the visit. His body has not been recovered. The crown prince had nothing to do with this.

Mr. Al Jubeir called US criticism of Saudi leadership "a red line".

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.

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