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Mike Pompeo says US 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

BUDAPEST: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday denied Washington was once "covering up" the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised further motion.

"America is not covering up for a murder," Pompeo instructed reporters in Budapest when asked about criticism via a senior Democrat.

The remarks got here after US President Donald Trump ignored a time limit set via Congress to reply via Friday on whether or not Saudi Arabia's tough Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of the Washington Post contributor.

Pompeo stated that Trump's administration was once "working diligently" on its investigation.

"The president has been very clear — couldn't be more clear — as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable," he stated.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, was once strangled to loss of life and dismembered in October after getting into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to care for bureaucracy for his marriage, in line with officers.

Trump stated not anything at the congressional time limit, while congressional aides stated that Pompeo had despatched them a letter by which he outlined actions over the killing.

The administration revoked the visas of just about two dozen Saudi officers and iced over the belongings of 17 others.

But Trump has overtly stated that he does now not care if Prince Mohammed was once accountable for the killing as Saudi Arabia buys guns from the United States and shares his laborious line on Iran.

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