Article from: www.aljazeera.com
Article by: William Roberts
Washington, DC – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the US will continue to work to identify those responsible for the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and “hold them accountable”.
Pompeo was confronted by Congressman Gerry Connolly about Khashoggi’s murder during a congressional hearing. Connelly is a Virginia Democrat in whose district Khashoggi resided.
Khashoggi was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. After offering several contradictory statements, the Saudi kingdom confirmed Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate, but denied the killing was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite reports that the CIA concluded that the kingdom’s de facto leader was behind the murder.
“Is there ever a time when we are, as a principle, going to say ‘You know what, we are not going to do business as normal and we are going to hold them accountable,'” Connolly demanded.
Pompeo said he was aware of the details of Khashoggi’s murder at the time of his meeting with the crown prince and that he raised US concerns about it with him at the time. The Trump administration has sanctioned 17 Saudis in connection with the killing, he said.
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