WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia is expected to issue a report concluding that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey as part of a botched effort to interrogate the Washington Post columnist, CNN reported Monday.
The Saudi’s account is expected to claim that the agents who encountered Khashoggi were acting without the government’s knowledge or approval.
On Monday, Trump suggested that he had spoken to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and that he was lead to believe the Saudis have determined there were rogue actors.
“I don’t want to get into his mind but it sounded to me like maybe it could have been rogue killers, who knows?” Trump said as he departed the White House en route to tour hurricane-ravaged areas of Florida and Georgia.
The president said the Saudi leader had denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s disappearance.
On Oct. 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to retrieve documents for his upcoming wedding while his fiancee waited in a vehicle outside.
There is no evidence that he exited the building and Turkish officials have concluded that Khashoggi was likely murdered once inside.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was directed to leave for Saudi Arabia Monday morning.