Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

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

"The Trump administration has blatantly turned a blind eye to this crime, and is now refusing to provide a required report about who is responsible for his murder, despite the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered Khashoggi's killing", Kaine said in a statement Sunday.

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

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The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but his remains have yet to be found, AFP said. On October 10, 2018, a bipartisan group of United States senators triggered the terms of the Global Magnitsky Act, requiring the president to investigate and determine if a foreign person is responsible for Khashoggi's death within 120 days. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Khashoggi and the Saudis' role in Yemen. He said imposing sanctions now would be "putting the cart before the horse".

Mr. Al Jubeir insisted that the crown prince, who is the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, did not authorize the killing.

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"I call on the administration to immediately comply with the requirements of the law, and to provide Congress with the information required", he said. "Congress will not relent in its efforts to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for this heinous crime". His body has not been recovered.

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".

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A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Mr. Trump in October calling for an investigation and a decision on sanctions under the global Magnitsky Human Rights Act, which is aimed at punishing foreign government officials for human rights violations.

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