CIA Director Gina Haspel to brief Trump on Khashoggi killing

Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris France

Trump has also blamed the Saudi de facto leader, who is known in media as "MBS", for the killing of Khashoggi.

Trump described the plan to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul, as well as the contrasting cover-up stories after it, as a "bad deal" and "the worst cover-up ever".

According to the statement, a joint Saudi-Turkish investigative team "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention".

Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, but last week said it had arrested 18 people and dismissed five senior officials after a preliminary investigation revealed he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate during a botched intelligence operation.

He also met Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) who offered him his condolences for his father's death.

The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Salah, and his family have left the Gulf kingdom after the government lifted a travel ban, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

The Turkish government has so far declined to elaborate on the alleged audio recordings, but on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that CIA Director Gina Haspel had listened to them.

Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated," according to Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor.

Earlier on Thursday, Saudi Arabian Prosecutor General Saud Mujib said the murder of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Saudi Arabia critic, was premeditated.

Ilnur Cevik, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of having Khashoggi's "blood on his hands".

Khashoggi did not appear to believe he was going to die, the source said.

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.

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is Turkey's foreign minister.

"But we have enough right now to determine that the government of Saudi Arabia is responsible and is implicated". He told reporters on Thursday that he wanted to know where Khashoggi's body is.

After Khashoggi first disappeared, Saudi Arabian officials claimed Khashoggi had simply walked out of the consulate.

It was not immediately clear how Thursday's announcement from Riyadh would affect Washington's thinking amid bipartisan demands from Congress for severe punishment of Saudi Arabia - the nation at the center of Trump's Middle East policy.

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