Pompeo says USA 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials"acting outside their scope of authority

A top aide who reportedly heard Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threaten to use "a bullet" on murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was sworn in on Sunday (Feb 10) as the kingdom's new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. 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.

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.

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"I wish Congress would take a step back", 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.

Ahead of the deadline, a group of Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiling legislation to bar some arms sales and impose sanctions. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Pompeo said President Donald Trump had called for a prompt and open investigation into the death of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the royal family. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".

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According to sources, the security team of the Saudi crown prince visited several places to review security arrangements in the federal capital.

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

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 USA government would impose sanctions on those behind the killing.

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