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Jamal Khashoggi's last words were "I can't breathe", CNN reported Sunday, citing a source who had read the transcript of an audio recording of the murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

According to CNN's source - who recounted Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi's hands from the transcript - the death was hardly incidental to a rogue act gone wrong. He reportedly repeated the sentence three times.

The transcript notes the sounds of the journalist's body then being dismembered by a saw, as the alleged perpetrators were advised to listen to music to block out the sound.

In an effort to tighten practices at the White House, a new Chief of Staff tried to reimpose longstanding procedures stipulating that National Security Council staff members should participate in all calls with foreign leaders. Bob Menendez to send a Global Magnitsky Act letter to the White House, requiring the president to determine whether Crown Prince Mohammed ordered Khashoggi's slaying.

"The inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner", the Saudi delegation said, describing the incoming Trump administration in a slide presentation obtained by the newspaper Al Akhbar in Lebanon.

Doha denies the charges, and has said the Saudi-led blockade was aimed at making Qatar a vassal state.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went missing on October 2 after stepping into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to collect documents which would allowed him to marry fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

"I can't breathe", Khashoggi said.

The White House has responded to the report, saying Kushner has always followed protocol regarding his relationship with the Crown Prince.

A Saudi national and US resident, Khashoggi was a frequent and vocal critic of the regime in Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and had expressed his fears for his safety at the embassy on the eve of his visit.

The translations back earlier reports from a Saudi official, claiming the journalist had been killed in a "chokehold".

"Erdogan previously said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government" and that "certain Saudi officials" were trying to cover up the crime, strongly implying that MBS was behind it.

Late last month, 14 Republicans backed a procedural motion to advance a measure curtailing USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. "Yet the same time I say it, it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", he added.