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Bolton Insists Khashoggi Murder Tape Doesn’t Implicate Saudi Crown Prince

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has insisted the recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder doesn’t implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the crime, despite one member of the hit squad reportedly being heard instructing a superior over the phone to “tell your boss.” The recording has been seen by Turkish intelligence officers as some of the strongest evidence linking the de facto Saudi leader to the murder, according to The New York Times, which first reported the detail. Speaking in Singapore, where he’s attending a summit, Bolton said early Tuesday that he hadn’t heard the recording himself—but, asked if it links the crown prince to the killing, he said: “That’s not the conclusion I think that the people who heard it have come to, and that’s certainly not the position of the Saudi government.” Bolton added: “The president has made it clear he wants to get to the bottom of this.” Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer critical of the crown prince, was strangled to death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October.