SAN FRANCISCO – United States President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Washington will have the full report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by next week.
Trump told the media in Malibu, California, that the report on Khashoggi’s murder, which was committed in early October, in Istanbul will probably be complete by Monday or Tuesday.
Trump spoke to the media during a visit to the state of California to examine the wildfire situation.
He further added that “It’s a horrible thing that took place, the killing of a journalist,” and the report will explain what “we think the overall impact was and who caused it, and who did it.”
Trump’s statements come after his talks with the CIA Director, Gina Haspel, following Friday’s media reports that suggested CIA had concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, had ordered the murder of Khashoggi.
Trump said that the CIA has not yet examined Bin Salman’s possible involvement but added that Haspel has looked into the matter closely.
Trump said that nothing has been concluded as of now as it is too early.
According to Riyadh, on Oct. 2 Khashoggi was assassinated by a group of agents from Saudi Arabia – some close to the crown prince – at the consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone for some paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancee.
Washington sanctioned 17 Saudis two days ago, including one of the closest advisors to the crown prince because of his implication in the Khashoggi murder.