People who've heard a recording of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder don't believe it implicates Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said, weighing in on a controversy that has sharply raised global pressure on the top oil exporter.
After weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted that senior officials and intelligence agents were behind the murder of the dissident journalist, but denied Mohammed bin Salman played any role in the operation. "Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: "This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this", he added.
"The crown prince says 'I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary".
Ankara also said that Saudi intelligence were so outraged by the recording that they believed the killers of Khashoggi "were on heroin".
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a retired Army general to be the country's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as Washington faces pressure to respond to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trudeau has said the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be "in the billions of dollars".
While Turkish and US officials, including US National Security Adviser John Bolton, have said that the audio does not conclusively implicate Prince Mohammed, Baer suggested it is unlikely that anyone else in the Kingdom would have the authority to order such an operation.
Erdogan did not elaborate on how and when the Saudi official heard the recording of the killing of the Saudi citizen.
Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Bob Baer, who worked at a Central Intelligence Agency case officer primarily in the Middle East, said the U.S. has purposely muted its response to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
The New York Times first reported on the phone call that relayed the message that Khashoggi had been killed.
"It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder".
The Trump administration, by all appearances, is unsure of how to proceed in its response to Khashoggi's murder; while officials have been promising to clamp down hard with possible sanctions, little meaningful action has been taken.
Mohammed bin Salman has rose from being a relatively little-known royal to the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, after the elevation of his father, Salman, to king.
Amid a USA souring on the heir apparent, the United States has also curbed cooperation and demanded a halt to the Saudi-led military campaign against rebels in Yemen that has contributed to a humanitarian crisis believed to be the worst in the world. "Due process is in train at the moment in Saudi Arabia and I was led to believe there will be rapid progress in making sure that people are brought to justice".