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.

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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 PompeoMike PompeoRepublican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability MORE told reporters that there is no “direct reporting” connecting Crown Prince Mohammed to the killing, while Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFormer Defense Secretary Mattis testifies in Theranos CEO trial 20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan 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 GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic MORE (R-S.C.) saying, "there's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw."