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Turkish and Saudi authorities say the US -based columnist for The Washington Post was killed by a team from the kingdom inside the consulate after he went there to get marriage documents. "These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Trump also said he wants to maintain a close alliance with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi's death and questioned the alleged role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known as MbS and is the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Mr Trump on Saturday told reporters that the United States would release "a very full report" on the matter as early as Monday. The United States continues to diligently work to ascertain all of the facts and will hold accountable each of those we find responsible in order to achieve justice for Khashoggi's fiancée, children, and the family he leaves behind.

Trump and other members of his administration have emphasized Saudi Arabia's importance to USA objectives in the Middle East, including a pending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and the campaign against Iran, and stressed the economic importance of the arms sales. However, no official confirmation on the same has been made by the Central Intelligence Agency itself yet.

Both the White House and the State Department declined to comment.

"I have to take a lot of things into consideration" when deciding what measures to take against the kingdom, he said. The journalist's body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said. After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl before finally accepting what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

Ten other people remain in custody but have not yet been charged, he said.

Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the coverup was one of the worst coverups in the history of coverups".

The Trump administration this week sanctioned individuals for their alleged role in the killing, but the intelligence officials' conclusion bolsters efforts in Congress for a harsher US response.

Asked whether he would go along with moves in the US Congress to cut off US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen or halt arms sales to the kingdom, Mr Trump equivocated.

Vice President Mike Pence told reporters travelling with him on Saturday for a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Papua, New Guinea, that the "murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity". Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda. Trump says the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia "vigorously deny" any knowledge of the planning and execution of the October 2 murder of The Washington Post columnist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "America's response to Khashoggi's murder has significant implications for our credibility around the globe, and there must be further sanctions on Saudi leadership who ordered this assassination".



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