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Trump stays quiet over whether to ask FBI to probe Khashoggi killing

Mr Khashoggi’s writings criticised the Saudi royal family.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Hasan Jamali/AP)
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Hasan Jamali/AP)

President Donald Trump has not said whether he will direct the FBI to investigate the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Trump did not answer directly when asked on NBC’s Meet the Press whether he will allow the FBI to examine the murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist.

In the interview taped last week, President Trump sayid Mr Khashoggi’s killing has been “heavily investigated”.

Mr Khashoggi was killed, and believed to have been dismembered, inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey by Saudi agents on October 2 last year. His remains have never been found.

Both Saudi Arabia and Turkey have investigated. Last week, an independent UN report found “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr Khashoggi’s writings criticised the Saudi royal family.

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