Washington/Budapest: The US remains to be probing the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned at present, as US lawmakers continued to demand stronger US motion to punish the perpetrators.
"America is just not protecting up for a homicide," Mr Pompeo mentioned throughout a go to to Hungary, including that the US would take extra motion to carry accountable all these answerable for the US-based journalist's loss of life contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
After initially denying his loss of life, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its brokers killed Khashoggi, a Washington Publish columnist and critic of the Saudi authorities. Riyadh denies its senior leaders had been behind the killing.
US lawmakers, Democrats and a few of Trump's fellow Republicans, have sought a robust response by Washington to Khashoggi's homicide and to the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, the place a Saudi-led coalition is combating Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The Trump administration had confronted a February eight deadline to ship a report back to Congress on who was answerable for Khashoggi's loss of life and whether or not the US authorities would impose sanctions on these behind the killing.
Forward of the deadline, a gaggle of Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiling laws to bar some arms gross sales and impose sanctions.
President Donald Trump has resisted such legislative efforts, viewing weapons gross sales as an necessary supply of US jobs and standing by Saudi crown prince and Trump's ally, Mohammed bin Salman. Trump can also be reluctant to disturb the strategic relationship with the dominion, seen as an necessary regional counterbalance to Iran.
Eleven suspects have been indicted in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's homicide, and on Friday a prime Saudi official rejected accusations that the crown prince ordered the killing.
On Friday, a State Division consultant mentioned Pompeo had briefed US lawmakers on the homicide investigation however gave no different particulars.
Democratic US Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Companies and International Relations committees, on Sunday mentioned the required report was not submitted and accused the Trump administration of complicity in protecting up the killing.
"This quantities to the Trump administration aiding within the cover-up of a homicide," Kaine mentioned in a press release. "America ought to by no means descend to this stage of ethical chapter."