"The Trump administration has blatantly turned a blind eye to this crime, and is now refusing to provide a required report about who is responsible for his murder, despite the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered Khashoggi's killing", Kaine said in a statement Sunday. "Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfil his duty", Murphy said.
In his interview, al-Jubeir also firmly denied that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had anything to do with Khashoggi slaying. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen.
A year before Mr Khashoggi was murdered on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Mr Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Mr Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticising the government from his perch in the United States, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Lindsey Graham to "hold the administration's feet to the fire" on Saudi Arabia and its admitted, pre-meditated murder of the Washington Post journalist.
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.
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Mr. Al Jubeir insisted that the crown prince, who is the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, did not authorize the killing.
"I wish Congress would take a step back", he said.
Earlier, diplomatic sources informed that a trade deal worth $14 billion will be signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the visit.
Mr. Al Jubeir called USA criticism of Saudi leadership "a red line". His body has not been recovered.
"I think for anyone to think they can dictate what we should do or what our leadership should do is preposterous", he said. "This was not a government-sanctioned operation".