Trump Briefed by CIA Director Haspel on Khashoggi Probe

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On Thursday, Prince Mohammed attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Khashoggi, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

CIA Director Gina Haspel on Thursday briefed President Donald Trump on her "findings and discussions" in the investigation of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death following her visit to Turkey where she reportedly listened to an audio recording of the murder, The Hill reports.

Asked by a reporter in the White House how the Khashoggi killing could have happened, Trump said: "They had a very bad original concept".

Turkish officials and some USA lawmakers allege the crown prince ordered the operation in which Jamal Khashoggi killed.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation for his upcoming marriage, but he never left the place. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Saudi officials made "reconnaissance" trips to the forest as well as the city of Yalova a day before Khashoggi was killed.

Turkey said it believed a hit squad of Saudi nationals had travelled to Istanbul with the sole goal of killing Khashoggi, a former member of the Saudi elite who became critical of the current government's administration in his country.

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The European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution Thursday urging an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response. The Saudi royal family has denied involvement, instead scapegoating a number of Saudi agents who they say are responsible for the murder.

In his first public comments on the matter, bin Salman promised on Wednesday that the killers would be brought to justice.

She said: "Good news for a change: confirming that Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah and his family are finally out of Riyadh and on their way to the U.S., travel ban lifted".

How world leaders treat Riyadh going forward appears to hinge on the extent to which they believe the Saudi version of events and how much responsibility sits with the country's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

A state media photo showing Salah staring coldly at the prince as the pair shook hands went viral on social media, where rights activists demanded the immediate lifting of the travel ban. He had been planning to settle in Istanbul and marry his Turkish fiancee when he was detained and killed in the Saudi Consulate.

The king assured Putin that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and to make sure "they receive their punishment".