In the statement Trump released on Tuesday, Trump said the USA does not condone the killing of Khashoggi but highlighted Saudi Arabia's agreement to invest in the United States, particularly through arms purchases, and Saudi Arabia's role in the United States' interests in the Middle East.
Worldwide pressure has mounted on Riyadh to find those responsible for the grisly murder of Khashoggi, a journalist who had been critical of Prince Mohammed.
The committee will investigate the U.S. intelligence assessment of Khashoggi's death as well as the war in Yemen, the stability of the Saudi royal family and the kingdom's treatment of critics and the press, among other topics, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff told the Washington Post.
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"In one sense, Trump is saying "I will turn a blind eye" no matter what happens", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with CNN Turk broadcaster. They have feelings certain ways....
Asked who should be held accountable for Khashoggi's death if not the Saudis, Trump said: "Maybe the world should be held accountable, because the world's a very, very vicious place".
The former court insider and Washington Post contributor was killed and dismembered in what Saudi Arabia said was a "rogue" operation, but analysis leaked by the US Central Intelligence Agency to the media implicated the crown prince. "The custodian of the two holy mosques (King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line", Jubeir said. "The world is a very vicious place". Members of Congress, and the intelligence and foreign policy community question the relationship's significance despite Trump's insistence on the value of Saudi arms purchases as well as the kingdom's importance in managing oil prices and supporting United States policy in the Middle East. "They said he might have done it". Then members of Congress will be able to determine if President Trump is misconstruing what the intelligence community found in order to protect Saudi Arabia.
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"I hate the cover-up".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has noted that the US has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials suspected of involvement in the killing.
The US, Saudi Arabia and Israel see eye to eye when it comes to Iran and what they consider Tehran's aggressive and destabilizing behavior in the region.
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Paris acknowledged the complexities of the deal, but said the government can suspend the export permits should it choose to do so. I will tell you this: "The crown prince hates it more than I do, and they have vehemently denied" any role in the killing.