The same person also told the person on the other end of the line to "tell your boss", a reference intelligence officials believe is the strongest evidence yet linking de facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi's murder, according to the Times.
The Saudis inquired at a time when Prince Mohammed, then the deputy crown prince and defence minister, was consolidating power and directing his advisers to escalate military and intelligence operations outside the Kingdom, informed sources told The Times on Sunday.
Speaking in Singapore, where he's attending a regional summit, Bolton said he hadn't heard the recording himself.
Erdogan said that he discussed the Khashoggi murder with U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron during a dinner in Paris and told them it was obvious that Khashoggi's murder was ordered and instructed by the high echelons of the Saudi hierarchy.
But unconfirmed reports of the contents of gruesome tape, which Turkey says it has been in possession of since October 2, allege that Khashoggi was grabbed, drugged and dismembered with a bone saw.
Canada's spy chief travelled to Turkey at the request of the prime minister and heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says.
Turkish investigators reportedly believe that Khashoggi's remains may have been dissolved in acid.
The kingdom insists that the heir to the Saudi throne was oblivious to the plot to kill Khashoggi and the botched cover-up.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu later said Le Drian was "not telling the truth" regarding recordings related to the Khashoggi case, slamming the French minister for his "impudence". Saudi Arabia has also recently acknowledged Turkish evidence that showed the slaying was premeditated.
The furious Turkish remarks towards France were the most direct public expression yet of a concern in Ankara that Western countries with close commercial relations with Riyadh might soft-pedal their response to the Khashoggi killing.
Trump now says Saudi Arabia misused US -supplied weapons in the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, which has helped trigger the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Saudi officials characterise the killing as a rogue operation carried out by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority.
The Foreign Secretary is seeking to build support among worldwide, and particularly regional, partners for new action in the UN Security Council to bolster the UN-led peace process, following his meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths at the end of October.
The crown prince is widely suspected of at least having knowledge of the killing, which involved some members of his security entourage.
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