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17:36, 21 October 2018

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Bret Baier grills Saudi foreign minister more than death of US-primarily based columnist in consulate

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Bret Baier grills Saudi foreign minister more than death of US-based columnist in consulate

Saudi Arabia&#x2019s foreign minister presented his condolences on Sunday to the family of a Washington Post columnist&#xA0killed in the nation&#x2019s consulate in Turkey nearly 3 weeks ago, but supplied no new details on how Jamal Khashoggi was killed or if the nation&#x2019s crown prince was involved.

Speaking in the course of an exclusive interview with Fox News&#x2019 Bret Baier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir&#xA0said that the country is at present investigating Khashoggi&#x2019s death and that the 18 individuals implicated in his slaying would be punished appropriately.

&#x201CThe people did this out of the scope of their authority,&#x201D he said, adding that none of these involved in Khashoggi&#x2019s death had close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. &#x201CThere had been not people closely tied to him. This was an operation that was a rogue operation.&#x201D

Al-Jubeir&#xA0noted that the investigation was nevertheless in its early stages and said that Saudi officials presently don&#x2019t know the precise cause of Khashoggi&#x2019s death or exactly where his&#xA0remains are.

&#x201CWhen you have a situation like this, you want the data you put out to be as accurate as achievable,&#x201D he added.

President Trump stated for the duration of a campaign rally on Saturday that he needs to discover much more about Khashoggi&#x2019s 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&#xA0that as of now, there was no evidence that points to bin Salman&#x2019s involvement in Khashoggi&#x2019s killing.

&#x201CNobody has told me he&#x2019s accountable,&#x201D Trump said. &#x201CNobody has told me he&#x2019s not responsible. We haven&#x2019t reached that point.&#x2009.&#x2009. I would adore if he wasn&#x2019t responsible.&#x201D

Trump initially mentioned he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he nevertheless does not know where Khashoggi’s physique is.

&quotWe’d like to locate out exactly where it is and what happened,&#x201D Trump said. &#x201CAnd I think we’re inching our way there.&quot

Meanwhile, the&#xA0European Union has named the emerging details of Khashoggi’s death &quotdeeply troubling&quot and that a &quotcontinued thorough, credible and transparent investigation&quot is required.

The EU said the continuing investigation must bring &quotproper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and making certain complete accountability of all these accountable for it.&quot

The Linked Press contributed to this report.

Published at Sun, 21 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000

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