A popular author and End Times scholar has returned from Saudi Arabia, where he says that country's controversial crown prince continues to deny he ordered the killing of a Saudi-born journalist.
"The Kremlin Conspiracy" author Joel Rosenberg told Fox News he led a delegation of evangelical leaders to Saudi Arabia, where he sat down with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
"[Salman] called it a terrible tragedy and crime, and he said that we've arrested people," Rosenburg said of the Oct. 2 killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Surveillance cameras showed Khashoggi entering the property to obtain marriage papers but never exiting, and more video footage produced by Turkey showed a Saudi operative wearing his clothes on public sidewalks around the city.
The footage immediately put the Saudis on the defensive, and initial claims of innocence evolved into claims of a fist fight gone wrong. But there is evidence that the journalist was tortured to death for opposing bin Salman.
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has dug in its heels and refused to publicly tie the murder to the crown prince, even though media reports claim the CIA has connected him to the murder via intercepted phone calls.
Asked about a push in the U.S. Senate to hold the Saudis accountable, Rosenberg said that effort is going to harm the U.S.-Saudi relationship based on an "analysis" instead of "hard evidence."
"And that is risky," the author insisted. "The last time the U.S. tried to push aside a leader that they weren't that friendly with for a season was Hosni Mubarak, and we got the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. That was a huge mistake."