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United States intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

United States intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

The administration on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their alleged role in the killing, but they did not target the Saudi government.

The suspects had allegedly set in motion plans for Khashoggi's murder on September 29, three days before he was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, al-Mojeb said during a televised press conference in Riyadh. "Global fallout" Khashoggi's killing has plunged the world's top oil exporter into its worst diplomatic crisis since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which most of the hijackers were identified as Saudi nationals. Trump says "maybe he did and maybe he didn't". That will include "who did it", he said.

The United States has sanctioned 17 Saudis for the crime. After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl before finally accepting what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit. Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

Mr Trump on Saturday told reporters that the USA would release "a very full report" on the matter as early as Monday. Trump is expecting a full report on the situation soon.

Quoting a Central Intelligence Agency official, the report also said that in determining the Crown Prince's role, he was considered a "de facto ruler" in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey has more evidence contradicting the Saudi version of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi including a second audio recording, a Turkish newspaper reported on Friday. The conclusion was first reported by The Washington Post. The announcement failed to appease Turkey, which has piled increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia, but may be enough for some of Riyadh's Western allies to move on and press for key demands.

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"It was also an affront to a free and independent press and the United States is determined to hold all of those accountable who are responsible for that murder", he said, according to pool reports.

The call was reportedly intercepted by US intelligence. The sanctions were announced Thursday.

"Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman has never had any phone conversations with him", she said.

USA officials say they have pressed the Saudi government for a full investigation into the killing of Khashoggi. The announcement follows growing worldwide outcry over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi rulers who was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage. Khashoggi's murder has also led to increased scrutiny of Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen war, which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of starvation.

"I am disturbed that following repeated Saudi lies about what happened to Jamal, the administration appears to be following the Saudi playbook of blaming mid-level officials and exonerating its leadership", said Sen.