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Pompeo says US 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

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US on Monday denied was "covering up" the killing of Saudi and promised further action.

"is not covering up for a murder," Pompeo told reporters in when asked about criticism by a senior Democrat.

The remarks came after US missed a deadline set by to reply by Friday on whether Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown ordered the killing of the Post contributor.

Pompeo said that was "working diligently" on its investigation.

"The has been very clear -- couldn't be more clear -- as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable," he said.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, was strangled to death and dismembered in October after entering the to take care of paperwork for his marriage, according to officials.

Trump said nothing on the congressional deadline, while congressional aides said that Pompeo had sent them a letter in which he outlined actions over the killing.

The administration revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others.

But Trump has openly said that he does not care if Mohammed was responsible for the killing as buys weapons from the and shares his hard line on

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 22:10 IST