U.S. will keep investigating journalist Khashoggi's murder: Pompeo

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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.

"America has taken more action in response to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi and will continue to take more action, continue our investigation", Pompeo told reporters in the Hungarian capital. It alleged USA intelligence agencies intercepted a 2017 conversation between Aldakhil and Mohammed bin Salman in which the crown prince threatened to kill Khashoggi if he did not stop criticizing the Saudi government and return to the kingdom.

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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.

In his interview, al-Jubeir also firmly denied that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had anything to do with Khashoggi slaying.

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"America should never descend to this level of moral bankruptcy", Kaine added.

Jubeir was interviewed on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). "We are working diligently on that". We will hold those responsible accountable and we will punish them. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Lawmakers, including Menendez and Sen. 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. "That's what the law says". He said imposing sanctions now would be "putting the cart before the horse". "Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfil his duty", Murphy said.

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Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.