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CIA Director to Brief Lawmakers on Saudi Journalist's Murder

However, for two weeks Saudi Arabia tried to press that Jamal Khashoggi left the consulate after 20 minutes of entering but under intense worldwide outcry and pressure from allies, Saudi Arabia finally claimed that the journalist was killed in a fist-fight after officials asked him to return to his home country to get all the necessary papers.

Panelists on MSNBC's Morning Joe raised concerns on Wednesday morning about the repercussions of President Donald Trump's personal relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The chief prosecutor said in a statement that there is a "strong suspicion that Asiri and al-Qahtani were among planners of Khashoggi's killing", the daily said.

"I just don't know what it is going to be, or who will be implicated, but we will follow it as far as we can".

USA actor and filmmaker Sean Penn and his crew on Wednesday did some shooting in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul reportedly for a documentary on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the mission.

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The handful of prominent Republicans who openly broke with the administration over Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday after receiving a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, included South Carolina Sen.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who supported the resolution, said last week that the Trump administration's weak response to Khashoggi's murder had damaged the nation's credibility overseas.

A 15-man Saudi team was sent to Turkey to kill the Washington Post columnist, Middle East Eye previously reported, and his murder took seven minutes. Rand Paul, who was not invited to the meeting, joined Graham and Corker in criticizing the administration.

Trump ally and fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the "crazy" crown prince was "complicit in the murder of Mr Khashoggi to the highest level possible".

Saudi officials insist that the royal family is not connected with the murder and explicitly ruled out the possibility that the crown prince had ordered the killing.

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The Oscar-winning actor was also spotted outside Saudi consul-general's nearby residence.

After the story broke, Khalid also denied the accusations, saying on Twitter that he last had contact with Khashoggi via text on 26 October 2017. "His status as such remains unchanged", the official said.

"Where is Khashoggi's body?"

She said her office doesn't have the mandate to conduct a criminal investigation, however. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

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