US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has noted that CIA investigations regarding the death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi still continued.
Pompeo on Wednesday reiterated his earlier assertion that there was no direct evidence linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
He said given the importance of maintaining the ties between Washington and Riyadh, the investigation would continue until its formal conclusion.
Pompeo’s comments came despite a CIA assessment that the murder of Khashoggi was likely ordered by Mohammed bin Salman, publicly known as MBS .
CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed leaders of the House of Representatives behind closed doors about the killing.
After the briefing, House members declined to comment beyond saying they had not heard anything that had changed their minds about Khashoggi’s death.
Democratic Representative Eliot…