Mike Pompeo held a meeting throughout the day, speaking to the king, the crown prince as well as the foreign minister.
He came away with Saudi denials and the pledge that a credible investigation is already underway.
They made a commitment, too, to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official.
They promised accountability for each of those persons whom they determine as a result of their investigation has – deserves accountability.
Including a member of the royal family?
They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable.
They were just – they were very clear. They understand the importance of this issue.
They are determined to get to the bottom of it, and that they will conduct the report, and we’ll all get a chance to see it.
They each promised that they would achieve that for us.
President Trump also spoke to the crown prince on the phone who he says ’totally denied any knowledge of what took place’.
In an extraordinary statement to Associated Press, president Trump says that allegations of Saudi complicity are and I quote ’another case of guilty until proven innocent’.
This in reference to his nomination as supreme court judge red Cavanaugh who was accused of sexual assault.
But together with the statements by Mike Pompeo, it would also appear to be part of a concerted strategy by the Trump administration to insist that there is no complicity among Saudi leaders.
But the shot via DOD’s with views expressed by congressional leaders, Senator Rand Paul tweeted:
Saudi Arabia is not our friend. They fund radicalism around the world. We don’t need to be arming them.
They are the worst actor out there promoting terrorism.
And strong criticism from another Republican senator of the crown prince, referring to him by his initials-MBS.
This guy has got to go. Saudi Arabia, if you’re listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself.
Congressional anger supported by a former director of the CIA.
I do hope that they’re going to draw the line of this and hold not just the Saudis and Muhammad Salman to account, but also the Trump administration.
And not let the Saudis get away with what appears to be the killing of a US person, a permanent resident to the United States and a journalist for The Washington Post.
They cannot get away with this and I think that this is basically the downfall of Mohammed Salman.
And in the New York Times a picture of a man allegedly identified as a suspect by Turkish authorities.
He’s described in the report as a frequent companion of the crown prince.
In a blow to Mohammed bin Salman sin systems of innocence, three other suspects are said to be part of his security detail.