Transcript for US intelligence report on 2018 brutal murder of Saudi journalist released
tonight, the Biden administration declassifying the report on the murder of journalist Jamal khashoggi. Last seen walking into a Saudi consulate in April 2019. The Biden administration pointing the finger at the Saudi crown prince, accusing him of the attack. Sanctions on multiple people, but not the crown prince here's Martha Raddatz tonight. Reporter: He is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, heir to the kingdom, a powerful ally that a U.S. Intelligence report now accuses of approving the 2018 brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal khashoggi in istanbul. The previously classified assessment citing the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Mohammad bin Salman's protective detail in the operation and bin Salman's support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad. Officials saying it's highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out such an operation without his the Biden administration saying what the trump administration was not willing to say. In fact, president trump defended the crown prince. Nobody so far has pointed directly a finger at the future king of Saudi Arabia. Reporter: But the white house unveiling a khashoggi policy, Visa restrictions on those involved starting with 76. Sanctioning one former Saudi official, but not bin Salman himself. Martha, there are dozens of Saudis as you point out now with bans and sanctions. 76 Saudis. But nothing against the crown prince? Reporter: That's right, David. And that concerns some on the hill. Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff saying bin Salman has blood on his hands, calling it a fundamental problem if you conclude he approved the kill but only hold those who followed the orders accountable. And we should add, David, that the Saudis say the assessment is One more question while you're with us. Last night we learned of president Biden's first known military action since taking office, the air strikes by two f-15 fighter jets. The targets, iran-backed militia and tonight we're learning about where they were targets and why? Reporter: Two f-15 jets targeted the compound near the Iranian border. It was in retaliation for the rocket attacks against a coalition base in the irbil, Iraq, early last week, believed to be carried out by the same militias. An American service member and American contract member wounded and a contractor who worked for the coalition was killed. President Biden was asked about what message he was trying to send Iran with this air strikes. He said, you can't act with then he paused and added, David, be careful. Martha Raddatz tonight on the comments from the president just a short time ago. Thank you.
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