Khashoggi killing: Central Intelligence Agency did not blame Saudi crown prince, says Trump

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At least twice this week, Fox News has aired commentary dismissing the controversy over the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whom USA intelligence officials believe was murdered and dismembered on the order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He added: "It's a bad thing". I will tell you this - the Crown Prince hates it more than I do'. Trump reiterated his backing Thursday, praising the country for being a strong ally, purchasing military equipment from US companies, and keeping oil prices low.

"It is being said the crown prince gave orders to "silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible", in a call which was monitored by the USA agency, he said.

The war in Yemen has not only been the job of the USA -backed Saudi-UAE alliance but the Iran-backed Houthis have also played their part very well; however, most of the damage in Yemen has come from the airstrikes of the Saudi-UAE coalition and the bombing of civilians, which are potential war crimes.

Several lawmakers have indicated that the USA has no "smoking gun" that proves the crown prince was responsible.

"Trump's statements amount to him saying 'I'll turn a blind eye no matter what, '" he said. I hate what was done.

Erdogan has said the order for Khashoggi's killing came from the highest level of the Saudi government but probably not King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on Salman's heir and de facto ruler the crown prince.

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"I think that a way must be found to achieve both goals".

"It is a delicate situation when we have a long-term ally that we've had for decades, but we have a crown prince that I believe ordered the killing of a journalist", Corker told Chattanooga TV station WTVC in his home state of Tennessee. The conservative Islamic kingdom is veiled, its government opaque - a hard place to investigate the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who dared to criticize this country's all-powerful rulers.

"They've helped me keep them down", he said. "We are going to make sure that America always stands for human rights".

A Saudi prosecutor later said Khashoggi's body had been dismembered, removed from the diplomatic mission and handed to an unidentified "local cooperator".

Sabah newspaper reported Khashoggi was first strangled using a bag over his head before Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensic department, drained his blood in the bathtub before dismembering him.

The crown prince has denied involvement.

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