Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul.

Reuters November 29, 2018 03:06:06 IST
Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul.

Pompeo spoke to reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate behind closed doors that weakening U.S.-Saudi ties over the killing would hurt national security.

"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi," Pompeo said.

However, many senators left the briefing saying otherwise.

"I don't think there's anybody in the room that doesn't believe he was responsible for it," Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

"MbS has not taken ownership of the death," Corker said, using the short-hand initials for the crown prince.

The CIA has assessed that the crown prince had ordered the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would withhold his vote on any key issue, including a government spending bill, until he gets a briefing on the topic from the CIA.

"I am not going to be denied the ability to be briefed by the CIA, that we have oversight of, about whether or not their assessment supports my belief that this could not have happened without MbS knowing," Graham told reporters.

Leading Democratic senators said the intelligence they had seen convinced them of the crown prince's role in murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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