The CIA has "high confidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, drawing upon evidence from a phone call between bin Salman's brother and Khashoggi, officials first told The Washington Post. The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 17 Saudis "involved in" Khashoggi's murder earlier this week, but this is furthest the U.S. has gone toward implicating Saudi Arabia for the crime, especially considering bin Salman is close with President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia once said the murder was a predetermined rogue operation, but shifted to say it was a random killing when announcing charges against 11 alleged perpetrators earlier this week.
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