FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Bret Baier grills Saudi foreign minister more than death of US-based columnist in consulate
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister presented his condolences on Sunday to the family of a Washington Post columnist killed in the nation’s consulate in Turkey nearly 3 weeks ago, but supplied no new details on how Jamal Khashoggi was killed or if the nation’s crown prince was involved.
Speaking in the course of an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the country is at present investigating Khashoggi’s death and that the 18 individuals implicated in his slaying would be punished appropriately.
“The people did this out of the scope of their authority,” he said, adding that none of these involved in Khashoggi’s death had close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “There had been not people closely tied to him. This was an operation that was a rogue operation.”
Al-Jubeir noted that the investigation was nevertheless in its early stages and said that Saudi officials presently don’t know the precise cause of Khashoggi’s death or exactly where his remains are.
“When you have a situation like this, you want the data you put out to be as accurate as achievable,” he added.
President Trump stated for the duration of a campaign rally on Saturday that he needs to discover much more about Khashoggi’s death and that he will be functioning with Congress on the U.S. response.
The president added that he will quickly be speaking to Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s strong 33-year-old crown prince.
Saudi authorities announced that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, died in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul right after a fistfight with officials there. That explanation has sparked allegations of a cover-up intended to shield the potent crown prince.
Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects have been in custody and intelligence officials had been fired. But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi’s death could not have occurred with out the knowledge of bin Salman.
In an interview with the Washington Post over the weekend, Trump said that as of now, there was no evidence that points to bin Salman’s involvement in Khashoggi’s killing.
“Nobody has told me he’s accountable,” Trump said. “Nobody has told me he’s not responsible. We haven’t reached that point. . . I would adore if he wasn’t responsible.”
Trump initially mentioned he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he nevertheless does not know where Khashoggi’s physique is.
"We’d like to locate out exactly where it is and what happened,” Trump said. 𠇊nd I think we’re inching our way there."
Meanwhile, the਎uropean Union has named the emerging details of Khashoggi’s death "deeply troubling" and that a "continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation" is required.
The EU said the continuing investigation must bring "proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and making certain complete accountability of all these accountable for it."
The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Sun, 21 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000