Prince May Be Guilty, but US Stands by Saudis

Trump pressed to levy harsh US response to Khashoggi killing

The US has sanctioned 17 individuals for involvement in the plot, including several trusted advisers of the powerful crown prince.

However, with The New York Times reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency has definitively concluded that Prince Mohammed was involved, the focus turned to whether Trump would punish his Saudi partner or find a way to let it slide.

A Turkish news website has released the first quotes from audio tapes purportedly of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi's last moments before he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia past year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States".

In a show of defiance, the prince will come face-to-face with global leaders from Turkey, the United States and other European nations at the two-day summit that begins November 30.

The president acknowledged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "could very well" have known about Khashoggi's murder.

There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

And it was just days after the president admitted he had not listened to an audio tape provided by the Turkish government of Khashoggi's murder, because it was too gruesome.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head to the G20 summit as part of a foreign trip, it quoted Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih as saying.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the "highest levels" of the Saudi leadership were behind Khashoggi's killing.

Weapons experts have said it would take Saudi Arabia decades to reconfigure its armed forces to use Russian and Chinese equipment.

"That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi".

The State Department said publicly Saturday no final conclusions had been reached.

On 15 November, the Saudi Prosecutor General's Office announced that Khashoggi had died in the consulate after being "forcibly restrained, and injected with a large amount of a drug resulting in an overdose that led to his death".

Although the Central Intelligence Agency is not said to have direct evidence linking Mohammed bin Salman to the murder, officials reportedly believe it could not have taken place without his approval. The prosecutor said a total of 21 people had been detained in connection with the killing. Prince Ahmed, 76, who is the king's only living brother, would reportedly have the support of the family as well as Western nations and the kingdom's security apparatus.

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