Transcript for Newly released report says Saudi Crown approved assassination of Jamal Khashoggi
overnight, the newly released report that says Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the assassination of "The Washington post" journalist Jamal khashoggi. The Biden administration is now imposing dozens of Visa bans on the Saudis, but some critics say that is not enough by a long shot. ABC's Alex Presha is in Washington with much more on that story. Alex, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. So the Biden administration is saying what the trump administration wouldn't. In fact, president trump defended the Saudi crown prince, but Biden is stopping short of directly penalizing the man that U.S. Intelligence says approved that brutal murder. This morning, a newly released report accuses Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, of approving the brutal murder of "The Washington post" reporter Jamal khashoggi. The U.S. Resident last seen here walking into the Saudi consulate in istanbul in 2018. The report citing the crown prince's control of decision-making, the direct involvement of a key adviser and member of his security detail in the operation and the crown prince's support of violent measures to silence dissidents abroad. The report concluded it's highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the crown prince's authorization. The Saudi government's calling the conclusions unjustified and inaccurate. President Biden spoke with bin Salman's father this week. I spoke yesterday with the king, not the prince. Made it clear to him that the rules are changing. We are going to hold them accountable for human rights abuses. Reporter: The white house now unveiling a khashoggi policy, imposing Visa restrictions on foreign officials believed to be directly involved in plots against dissidents starting with 76 Saudis. We clearly have some strategic interests in common in the region, but that doesn't prevent us and shouldn't prevent us from speaking out on human rights issues. Reporter: The treasury department also sanctioned a former Saudi official. But the administration stopped short of directly penalizing the crown prince. And overnight president Biden signaling an interview that more changes could be coming Monday. Alex, there's another story we're following this morning. We're getting these new images in from an overnight air strike in Syria. Can you tell us about that? Reporter: Dan, so we've gotten new satellite images this morning of the iraq/syrian border in the aftermath of president Biden's first known military action since taking office. Two f-15 fighter jets targeting a coalition -- or excuse me -- targeting a militia base of iranian-backed militia. This was retaliation for a rocket attack against a coalition base early last week. Americans -- an American service member and a coalition contractor -- or excuse me -- an American service member and a contractor were wounded. A coalition contractor was
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