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CNN Reports Jamal Khashoggi ‘Cut Into Pieces’ After Being Murdered in Saudi Consulate

Citing an unnamed Turkish official, CNN reports both online and on air that they have confirmed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “cut into pieces” after being killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The detail about the manner of disposal of Khashoggi’s remains was first reported by the New York Times, but had not been confirmed by officials until now.

On Monday, it was reported that the Saudi government was preparing to admit to some degree of culpability in Khashoggi’s murder, while President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters the same day, indicated that Saudi King Salman suggested “rogue killers“.

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that the issue of human rights would be worth “blowing up” the tight U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in the nation presumably to preserve.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters the investigation is ongoing. “My hope is that we can reach conclusions that will give us a reasonable opinion as soon as possible, because the investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over,” he said.

Jamal Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government and an ex-pat. He was a journalist and a contributor to the Washington Post. The Post reported that Saudi operatives had “lain in wait” for him at the consulate, where he was picking up paperwork, and that prior to the killing U.S. officials had “intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him.”

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