Biden administration will publish report saying Saudi crown prince approved 2018 killing of journalist Khashoggi

by Laura Mize · Feb 25th, 2021 12:47 pm

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 3:16 pm

The Biden administration has said it will release an intelligence report, largely created by the CIA, that concludes Saudi Arabia's crown prince approved of the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who was working as a journalist for the Washington Post at the time of his death.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged role in the killing has been reported before, but President Donald Trump said while in office that he believed the prince's assertion that he did not approve the murder. Trump also told journalist Bob Woodward in 2019 that he stopped Congress from investigating bin Salman over the matter.

Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States in its ongoing effort to combat Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. The Biden administration's release of the report will mark a decisive departure from the Trump era treatment of Saudi Arabia.

"The president's intention, as is the intention of this government, is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia," President Joe Biden's Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday.

Biden's administration has so far left military aid to Saudi Arabia intact, but it has removed U.S. support for the nation's war in Yemen. Psaki also said Biden will not communicate with the crown prince, but will instead deal directly with King Salman.


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