The head of the CIA on Thursday briefed U.S. President Donald Trump on the latest developments in the investigation of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after a fact-finding mission to Turkey, officials said.
CIA Director Gina Haspel delivered her report to Trump at the White House with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also present, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.
Haspel shared her "findings and discussions from her trip to Turkey," said Palladino, who declined to discuss the substance of her presentation.
The CIA chief held talks Tuesday in Turkey as global outrage mounted over the killing of Saudi palace critic Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, where he went to complete paperwork for his upcoming marriage.
Reports said that intelligence officers showed Haspel video images and audio tapes of Khashoggi's killing gathered from the consulate.
Palladino said that the United States was still waiting for a more detailed probe by the Saudis.
"We want this as soon as possible. The longer the investigation takes, the more concerned we become about its impact and its efficacy. And the longer it takes, the longer there are questions about this tragedy that remain unanswered," he said.
On Thursday, a Saudi public prosecutor said the killing was premeditated, citing the Turkish-Saudi joint probe, Saudi media said.
The kingdom initially said that Khashoggi walked out freely from its consulate and then said he died in a fistfight.
The kingdom's announcement that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with international skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.
Khashoggi went missing on Oct. 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
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