Haspel, the first ever female CIA Director, arrived in Turkey earlier this week to meet with government officials and hear the recording. The report indicated that she was the first U.S. official to have access to evidence “since news leaked that Turkey obtained a recording of the killing.”
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official, claimed the audio “puts the ball firmly in Washington’s court.” And, apparently he thinks the outcome will force Haspel to testify before Congress about the report.
“It will be pretty hard for her to say no because at a minimum the intelligence committees can ask her to come in secret, but even if it’s a secret session, it will leak fast,” Riedel said.
Khashoggi was a U.S. resident and contributor to The Washington Post.
The incident has drawn international condemnation, while Saudi officials have said the unconfirmed murder was a “rogue operation.”
Saudi Arabia earlier acknowledged that the 59-year-old writer had died in a “fistfight.”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the death a “heinous crime,” and has vowed to carry out justice against anyone responsible.
On Tuesday, “Trump implied Saudi officials had deliberately covered up their role in the killing and that those involved ‘should be in big trouble.’”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reports that talks about possible sanctions have occurred with the Treasury Department.
President Trump is expected to be briefed by the CIA Director today.