US State Dept Says No 'Final Conclusion' on Khashoggi Killing

US State Dept Says No 'Final Conclusion' on Khashoggi Killing

The report on Tuesday will explain who the USA government believes killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his murder is, Trump said.

Investigators also believed that an operation such as the one that ended in Khashoggi's death would not have happened without Salman's knowledge given his control of the government, the official said.

But the president had already been shown evidence of the prince's alleged involvement in the killing, and privately he remains skeptical, Trump aides said.

Trump spoke to reporters early Saturday about the Khashoggi murder before heading to California.

The CIA assessment is based on the conclusion the Prince is the country's de facto ruler who oversees even minor affairs and therefore is likely to have played a role.

Speaking to reporters in Malibu, California after surveying damage from wildfires, Trump said a "full report" on "who did it" would be completed by Monday or Tuesday.

The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, 59, according to reports from multiple news agencies.

MEE previously reported that Khashoggi was injected and killed by a Saudi hit squad soon after he entered the consulate.

The Trump administration on Saturday said it had not reached a final conclusion on who was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing. "Recent reports indicating that the USA government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate", it said.

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The spokesperson for the US State Department Heather Nauert released a statement, which mentioned, "There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr Khashoggi".

Saudi Arabia had offered a series of contradictory explanations for Khashoggi's death.

The president's skepticism has put him at odds with the findings of the CIA and senior intelligence officials.

One potential sign of the tension the incident has caused within the USA administration is the resignation on Friday of a top White House official responsible for American policy towards Saudi Arabia.

"The claims in this purported assessment is false", a spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

The conclusion will bolster efforts in Congress to further punish the close USA ally for the killing.

"Clearly this guy's a wrecking ball when it comes to the Mideast and a relationship with the United States, and I hate to say that 'cause I had a lot of hope for him for being the reformer that Saudi Arabia needs". The president also never fails to mention that Saudi Arabia is a U.S. ally - called it a "spectacular ally" on Saturday.

The US, on the other hand, levied the Global Magnitsky sanctions against 17 individuals on November 15 "for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi".

A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. "They may have taken out Khashoggi's dismembered corpse inside luggage without facing problems due to their diplomatic immunity", said Akar at an global conference panel in Canada.

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