UN human rights chief wants international investigation into Khashoggi killing

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Wednesday for an international investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I do believe it is really needed in terms of ensuring what really happened and who are the [people] responsible for that awful killing,” Bachelet said in response to a question about the need for international intervention at a news conference in Geneva, according to Reuters.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres had previously called for a “prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi’s death and full accountability for those responsible.”

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 3.

Turkish officials maintain that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the killing of the dissident journalist, while Saudi Arabia has distanced the slaying from him and blamed other Saudi operatives.

The CIA has reportedly concluded with a "high degree of certainty" that the crown prince was involved.

Trump administration officials have been more cautious about those reports. After the Senate briefing last week, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Pompeo rejects North Korean call for him to leave negotiations | Trump talk with rebel Libyan general raises eyebrows | New setback to Taliban talks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report Pompeo: 'I'm still in charge of' North Korea negotiation team MORE told reporters that there is no “direct reporting” connecting Crown Prince Mohammed to the killing, while Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump learns to love acting officials Shanahan says he's 'never favored' Boeing as acting Defense chief Trump moves to install loyalists MORE said there is no “smoking gun.”

Several senators ripped the crown prince after exiting a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday, with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.) saying, "there's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw."