Saudi Arabia insisted Friday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not authorise the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi and urged the USA to take a step back from imposing sanctions over the "rogue operation".
While US congressmen have been urging the Trump administration to sanction Saudi Arabia, Trump has been defending the crown prince.
The deadline was imposed by Democratic and Republican senators, who wrote the president on October 10 calling for an investigation into the apparent extra-judicial killing.
An administration official said the president was within his rights to decline to act. That deadline passed on Friday.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied Salman's involvement in the murder, and in December condemned a US Senate resolution accusing him of ordering the killing of the journalist.
A digital image of Jamal Khashoggi at a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters.
Riyadh had already taken on a smaller enterprise through a state-owned company to contract Vice to produce documentaries on hitherto reforms in the puritanical Wahabi kingdom, the Wall Street Journal reported. The brutal killing, described by Turkish and USA officials as an elaborate plot - has drawn an global outcry about press freedom and Saudi government tactics to quell criticism. If neither of those methods worked, then he would go after Mr. Khashoggi "with a bullet", he said.
Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, told reporters in Washington that he wasn't aware of the US reaching out to Saudi authorities to conduct its own investigation under the Magnitsky Act.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised Khashoggi's killing among other issues during a meeting in Washington Thursday with Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, according to the State Department.
Asked if he rejected the idea that the crown prince had used the phrase in a conversation, al-Jubeir replied: "It's not about reject or not reject".
Al-Jubeir said he believed some congressional criticism was "driven by politics".
In response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the United States and Saudi Arabia again in an interview aired by Turkish television channel TRT on February 3.
After denying for weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia late previous year indicted 11 people in the killing, including members from the crown prince's entourage, and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.
U.S. intelligence understood that the ambitious 33-year-old heir apparent was ready to kill the journalist, although he may not have literally meant to shoot him, according to the newspaper.
Separately on Thursday, a United Nations-led inquiry into Khashoggi's murder said that evidence pointed to a brutal crime "planned and perpetrated" by Saudi officials.