CIA to release murder investigation of US journalist

President Joe Biden is expected to discuss the findings of a new intelligence report with the Saudi King about the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
2:29 | 02/26/21

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The white house is expected to declassify a report on the brutal killing of u.s.-based journalist Jamal khashoggi. Of course you'll remember last seen entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in istanbul in 2018. That report is expected to conclude that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as mbs, ordered the brutal attack. And news coming in that president Biden has spoke within the Saudi king. Our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce. Reporter: Journalist Jamal khashoggi was last seen alive walking into the Saudi consulate in istanbul in 2018 before being assassinated by a Saudi hit squad. His body dismembered. Now tonight, Washington is awaiting the release of an intelligence report expected to conclude that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, approved the brutal execution. The Saudi government denies the crown prince was involved. President Biden today speaking with his father, the Saudi king, but the official white house readout makes no mention of the khashoggi killing being discussed. The question now, will the Biden administration hold the Saudis accountable as promised. The white house whousz has said Biden won't hold back. Will he be following up this talk with action or sanctions? I think there are a range of actions that are on the table. Our administration is focused on recalibrating the relationship as we've talked about in here previously. And certainly there are areas where we will express concerns and leave open the option of accountability. Reporter: Congress demanded the report be released in 2019, but then-president Donald Trump refused, even bragging to Bob Woodward about letting the crown prince off the hook. Reportedly he said, "I saved his . I was able to get congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop. Before the cameras defending the crown prince too. Nobody pointed directly a finger at the future king of Saudi Arabia. It's customary for the white house to put out readouts of calls the president has with foreign leaders. This readout did not make direct mention of khashoggi. The question, do we know if president Biden ever addressed the killing directly with the Saudi king? Reporter: I have asked this question exactly, and the white house says only that khashoggi was not mentioned in the official readout, leaving open the possibility that they did talk about this. This administration is now trying to reset the u.s./saudi relationship and it's clear tnight they are being very careful about how they handle all of this. Mary Bruce, thank you. Next to New York governor

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