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The Latest: Trump says full report on Khashoggi coming soon

November 18, 2018

President Donald Trump answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the White House, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018, in Washington, en route to see fire damage in California. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):

10 p.m.

President Donald Trump says his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist.

The death of the Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president, who wants to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat has said the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with it.

News reports say that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.

Others familiar with the case caution that while it’s likely that the crown prince was involved in the death, there continue to be questions about what role he played.

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7:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump says that there will be a “very full report” on the Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee). killing released in the next few days, likely Tuesday. That will include “who did it.”

Trump says the reporting Friday night was “premature.” Reports cited a U.S. official as saying American intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for The Washington Post and often criticized the royal family. He was killed Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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2:35 p.m.

The Trump administration is taking issue with reports that cite a U.S. official as saying American intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee).

A State Department statement says the reports that the government “has made a final conclusion are inaccurate.” The reports were attributed to a U.S. official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert says “there remain numerous unanswered questions,” and the department “will continue to seek all relevant facts.”

The Saudi government has denied the claim about the crown prince.

Trump spoke on Saturday with the CIA director and the secretary of state.

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1:30 a.m.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That from a U.S. official.

The Saudi government has denied the claim.

The conclusion will bolster efforts in Congress to further punish the close U.S. ally for the killing. The Trump administration this week sanctioned 17 Saudi officials for their alleged role in the killing, but lawmakers have called on the administration to curtail arms sales to Saudi Arabia or take other harsher punitive measures.

Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post and often criticized the royal family. He was killed Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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