CNN: Saudis preparing to acknowledge journalist Khashoggi died after interrogation 'went wrong'
CNN reported Monday, citing sources, that "Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey."
"One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible," CNN added.
Hours prior, President Trump announced in a tweet that he spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about Khashoggi.
Trump wrote: “Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’ He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!”
In an interview with CBS' '60 Minutes' broadcast the night prior, Trump said of the situation: “There's a lot at stake…We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment."
CNBC reports that Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 as he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.