Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, Saudi citizen and US resident, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 by a Saudi "hit team" that used a bone saw to dismember his body, Istanbul's chief prosecutor has said.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
The official, Kirsten Fontenrose, had pushed for tough measures against the Saudi government and had been in Riyadh to discuss a raft of sanctions the USA government imposed in recent days against those identified as responsible for the killing, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
As per The Washington Post, Khalid told Khashoggi that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get the documents and assured him that it would be safe. He has denied the report remarking on Twitter, "I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason".
The agency wasn't just factoring in audio from inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi walked in to obtain a marriage license and never walked out.
While touring fire damage Malibu, California, Trump confirmed that he had spoken with Haspel. The recording clearly contradicts the latest claim by the Saudi government that Khashoggi was killed in a fist-fight after a brawl broke out.
On Sunday, broadcaster CNN Turk reported that the dismembered body may have been carried out of Turkey in suitcases, citing Turkish defence minister Hulusi Akar.
On Thursday, a state prosecutor in Riyadh advanced an account of the killing blatantly at odds with established facts, excusing the crown prince from all blame. Turkish investigating agencies provided the CIA an audio recording that proves the brutal murder of Khashoggi.
The CIA's assessment is in line with information gathered by foreign governments, according to officials in several European capitals, who believe the operation was too brazen to have taken place without Mohammed's direction.
It is thought that the conclusion has been drawn following a detailed assessment of the evidence and is based on the idea that such an operation would need approval from the Crown Prince.
The Saudi government has repeatedly changed its story on Khashoggi's death. Meanwhile the glaring inconsistencies in the official Saudi explanations have only deepened suspicions of a state-sponsored cover-up. They left later that day. As lawmakers push legislation to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing, both Republican and Democratic senators on Saturday urged Trump to be tough on the crown prince, with whom he has cultivated a deep personal relationship.
The newspaper said it was not known whether the ambassador knew Khashoggi would be killed. After that, they communicated via text messages, she said.
However, The New York Times said that while telephone intercepts showed Prince Mohammed was working to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, he had not said in the calls that he wanted the journalist killed. And although alleged involvement has been widely condemned, no substantial action has been taken by any country against the Kingdom or the Crown Prince.
FILE - President Donald Trump answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the White House, Nov. 17, 2018, in Washington.
He added that the killing of a journalist tests the proposition that "the enemy of our enemy is our friend".
Now that Central Intelligence Agency has concluded the Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination, it's worth looking at these two photos again, both taken after the killing: Trump's Secretary of State making goo-goo eyes at the murderer, and Khashoggi's son being forced to shake his hand.
Saudi Arabia is a major oil supplier and a close ally of the United States in countering Iranian power in the Middle East.