Central Intelligence Agency chief briefs Trump on Khashoggi probe after Turkey trip

While Saudi officials have said the crown prince, also known as MBS, had no knowledge of the plan to kill Khashoggi, this has left many unconvinced.

On Thursday, the Saudi version of events shifted again, when the Saudi prosecutor said the journalist's murder was premeditated.

Is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] a "Toadeater"? Officials and the crown prince's supporters said the suspects tried to cover up their crime and provided the leadership with misleading accounts of the murder.

Turkish investigators continue to hunt for clues to the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

After more than two weeks of near silence, Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, saying it was an unauthorised operation - a claim other countries have rejected. Turkey has dismissed Saudi efforts to blame rogue operatives for the killing and urged the kingdom to search "top to bottom" for those responsible for the murder. Turkish police took a water sample from a well at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

"The public prosecution continues its investigations with the accused in accordance with the latest investigation results to reach the facts, God willing, and complete the course of justice". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday in an address to parliament that the murder was "savage" and pre-planned.

Questioned about MBS's possible involvement in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

However, the worldwide community has rejected this Saudi explanation and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there is strong evidence to suggest the attack was "premeditated".




Two informed sources told Reuters today that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week, the first indication Ankara has shared its key investigative evidence.

They chose the consulate, where the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi, was killed on 2 October.

The crown prince on Wednesday called the killing "repulsive".

This comes as Saudi prosecutors said the Mr Khashoggi's death was a premeditated crime.

According to Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih "There were more than 25 deals signed worth $56 billion", adding that USA companies accounted for most of those contracts.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the revocation of the visas "will not be the last word on this matter from the United States".

The seemingly clumsy cover-up of the killing has been exposed to the world with Turkish leaks of information, security camera footage and, eventually, Saudi acknowledgements that Khashoggi died in the consulate.

Khashoggi's body has not been found.

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