US Agencies Have Damning Recording of Saudi Prince

Saudis 'seriously undermined' Turkey's Khashoggi inquiry, says UN expert

Khashoggi's murder by a team of Saudi operatives on October 2 provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously respected in the West for pushing deep changes, including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

The killing, he said repeatedly, was a "terrible crime" and those responsible will be held accountable.

He said: "We know that this was not an authorized operation".

Khashoggi's killing by a team of Saudi operatives on October 2 provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of the crown prince, who had been admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiled legislation to bar some arms sales and impose sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"If the President ignores the clear mandate of the Magnitsky Act in a case involving premeditated murder perpetrated by officials of a foreign government, the White House will share the blame for attempting to cover up the crime and for helping those responsible to evade justice", Leahy wrote.

The Trump administration signaled on Friday it might not meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it meant to impose sanctions on anyone responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill.

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On Thursday, a New York Times report said MBS had threatened to go after Khashoggi in 2017, and that the conversation was intercepted by United States intelligence agencies.

The Saudi Minister was in Washington where he met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "There was no order given to conduct this operation", Reuters reported. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement Thursday.

Jamal Khashoggi's remains have not been found four months after his brutal murder and there is no grave for his loved ones to grieve and pray at, the Saudi dissident's fiancee has said.

Al-Jubeir bristled at the notion that outsiders would criticize the government. "We came out and we acknowledged it". He has disputed the Central Intelligence Agency findings and said that he stands by the prince, noting that he "vehemently denies" any involvement. The attorney-general is seeking the death penalty for five of them.

"For anyone to think that they can dictate what we should do, what our leadership should do, is preposterous", al-Jubeir said.

"I wish the Congress would take a step back, look at the overall relationship, look at the steps that Saudi Arabia has taken, and let the process play out", he added.

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