U.S. officials knew what the Saudis planned to say hours before they released their statement, a Trump adviser said.

“Trump’s inclination is not to ruin the relationship,” the adviser said.
“If they respected you, they wouldn’t do this and think they could get away with it,” the adviser said, reflecting a conversation with Trump.

[No one respects him.
Trump is weak.]
U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing plans to lure Khashoggi back, an effort that was personally directed by MBS, a frequent subject of Khashoggi’s journalistic criticism, according to people who have seen the intelligence reports.
CIA officials have listened to an audio recording that Turkish officials say proves the journalist was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate. If verified, the recording would make it difficult for the WH to accept SA's bs story.
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