The president of the United States Donald Trump has responded to the murder of the insurgent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi as the worst cover up ever.
Speaking to newsmen at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said that they had a very bad original concept which was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups.
He also said whoever thought of such idea and behind the killing of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul should be in big trouble.
Mr Trump also said US intelligence officials were returning from Turkey and Saudi Arabia with information about the case.
The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents.
Mr Trump was questioned if he believed the royal family’s denial, he reportedly gave a long pause before saying he really wants to believe them.
Shortly afterwards, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would make sure those responsible for this would be punished and had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects.
The President of Turkey Erdogan has said the journalist was a victim of a carefully planned political murder by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials.
The Saudi government has provided conflicting accounts of what happened to Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post contributor.
After weeks of maintaining he was still alive, senior officials then said the 59-year-old was murdered in a rogue operation after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
European Council President Donald Tusk said EU member states must pursue the full details of the killing and avoid any trace of hypocrisy.
In a speech to the European Parliament, Mr Tusk said he expected member states and institutions to avoid any ambiguous game.
He said he had questioned the crown prince about Khashoggi’s death, and been told he did not know about the operation when it was being planned.
CIA director Gina Haspel has been sent to Turkey and Intelligence officials have shared an audio recording from inside the Saudi consulate with her, reporters says recording is said to reveal gruesome details of the murder.