Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, said the White House is still gathering facts on journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing and wants to preserve the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, downplaying the role of the kingdom's government in the death. Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for almost a year before his death, had written critically of Prince Mohammed's crackdown on dissent. Soon the Advisor to the crown Prince ordered his team to deal with the journalist: "Bring me the head of the dog" - quoted by al-Qahtani, a source in the Turkish intelligence.
Riyadh originally said Mr Khashoggi had left the Saudi consulate unharmed on 2 October.
The Axios poll released early Wednesday found that 56 percent of respondents said Trump's response to Saudi Arabia has been "not tough enough", while 32 percent said his response has been "about right".
The Khashoggi case has done a lot of damage to the reputations of the Saudi crown prince and the USA president, while giving Turkey a chance to leverage benefits from both, investigative journalist Martin Jay told RT.
But he called into question the ability of Saudi authorities to investigate the killing, saying the investigation needed to be carried out by an independent authority without the suspicion of any connection to the culprits.
Rouhani also called on Turkey's government to conduct an impartial investigation into Khashoggi's "unprecedented" murder.
A person familiar with the footage told The Washington Post on Thursday it was "compelling", and could put more pressure on the Trump administration to hold Riyadh accountable for Khashoggi's killing.
CIA Director Gina Haspel heard the audio recording during a visit to Turkey this week, The Washington Post and Reuters reported. The White House did not release any details of their meeting. Also under consideration are potential sanctions, he said.
President Erdogan spoke at noon today at the Turkish parliament, after announcing yesterday that he would tell the "full naked truth" about the Khashoggi murder case.
Reports emerged last night that body parts including a disfigured head had been found in the garden of the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul.
Investigators emptied the well and are awaiting the results of an analysis of the water to determine whether any human remains were dumped there, according to Yeni Safak, a pro-government Turkish newspaper.
They have since admitted he was murdered at their consulate in Istanbul, blaming a "rogue operation".
Through a steady stream of leaks to Turkish and foreign media, Turkish officials have mounted a compelling case that shows the Saudi agents had planned to kill Khashoggi, dismember him and dispose of his remains.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has agreed to form a joint probe team with Saudi officials to investigate the murder, said he would not rest till the perpetrator of the gruesome crime, along "with its planner" is booked to justice.