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Biden to reexamine Saudi relations after release of declassified Khashoggi report

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After a declassified intelligence report officially blamed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, President Biden is expected to reconsider U.S. and Saudi relations. Holly Williams reports.

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ADRIANA DIAZ: President Biden today said there will be an announcement Monday for the future relations of the US with Saudi Arabia. This as a newly declassified intelligence report officially blames Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CBS News's Holly Williams has the details.

HOLLY WILLIAMS: The report says that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi Arabian regime. President Biden says he told the Crown Prince's father, King Salman, that, quote, "the rules are changing."

JOE BIDEN: We are going to hold them accountable for human rights abuses. It is outrageous what happened.

HOLLY WILLIAMS: Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2018 to pick up documents he needed to get married. But he never made it out alive. After denying any involvement in the disappearance for weeks, Saudi Arabia finally admitted Khashoggi had been drugged and killed in the consulate and his body dismembered, though they've always insisted the Crown Prince is innocent.

- What is your opinion when it comes to how damaging this has been for Saudi Arabia? Not just the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but the repeated changing of Saudi Arabia's official story?

ADEL AL-JUBEIR: With any crime, you have a theory that you develop in the beginning. And then as you uncover more evidence, the theory changes and becomes more focused.

HOLLY WILLIAMS: Former President Trump made it clear that the killing was less important than US arms sales.

DONALD TRUMP: It's all about America first. We're not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in orders.

HOLLY WILLIAMS: Though Saudi Arabia is a longtime US ally, Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner cultivated remarkably close ties with the Crown Prince. And critics say their relationship became more transactional, with the US willing to turn a blind eye to human rights abuses.

Now, the Biden administration has hit the reset button, ending US support for Saudi Arabia's bloody intervention in neighboring Yemen and releasing this damning report. Holly Williams, CBS News, London.