Trump expects Central Intelligence Agency briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

Trump expects Central Intelligence Agency briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

Trump expects Central Intelligence Agency briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

As per the The Washington Post report, the CIA scrubbed multiple intelligence sources, among them a phone call between the prince's brother - the Saudi ambassador to the United States - and Khashoggi in which the former told the late journalist that he would be safe to go to the consulate in Istanbul and get the papers he needed.

All of the 17, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, were "involved in the abhorrent killing" that "targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States [and] must face consequences for their actions".

Official says U.S. intelligence has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

The sources said the Central Intelligence Agency had briefed other parts of the USA government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved, Reuters reported.

"We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned, led and were connected to the murder".

Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates intervened in the conflict against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in 2015 in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Saudi authorities have 21 people in custody and the country's top prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty for five of the suspects.

The journalist's remains were then taken by someone outside the consulate grounds, the attorney general said.

"I have to take a lot of things into consideration" when deciding what measures to take against the kingdom.

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Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the coverup was one of the worst coverups in the history of coverups".

This past week, USA intelligence officials briefed members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, and the Treasury Department announced economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing.

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonise the Saudi rulers.

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.

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said prior to the event that Khashoggi would receive a "worthy" funeral prayer now that his death had been confirmed.

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters travelling with him at a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Papua New Guinea that he could not comment on "classified information".

Mr Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda. "America's response to Khashoggi's murder has significant implications for our credibility around the globe, and there must be further sanctions on Saudi leadership who ordered this assassination".

After weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Saudi Arabia later admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist.

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