>> The Trump administration, Saturday, said it has not reached a conclusion. On who was involved in the death of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Despite being told by the CIA, that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman ordered the killing. The intelligence agency shared that same assessment with other parts of the US government.
Including Congress, sources told Reuters on Friday. It's the most definitive US intelligence finding yet. Linking the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia to Khashoggi's assassination. And it complicates President Donald Trump's efforts to maintain ties to one of America's closest allies in the Middle East.>> So we're taking a look at it.
We also have a great ally in Saudi Arabia. They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development. And I also take that, I'm President, I have to take a lot of things into consideration.>> The CIA report contradicts the Saudi government's claims that the Crown Prince was not involved in the killing.
A statement from the Saudi Embassy in Washington called the claims in the assessment false. US Senators from both sides of the political aisle urged Trump on Saturday to be tough on the Crown Prince. Republican Senator Bob Corker tweeting, quote, everything points to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
And that the Trump administration should act before the Prince, quote. Executes the men who apparently carried out his orders. While Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal Tweeted. That Trump must accept his intelligence experts conclusion. And called for, quote, sanctions, prosecution, and removal of the Crown Prince and others. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd.
He was a staunch critic of the Saudi government. And an American based columnist for the Washington Post. Turkish officials say the killing was deliberate. And have been pressuring the Saudis to extradite those responsible to stand trial in Turkey.