From breifly looking through the info, the Saudi shotcallers allowed those sympathetic and with ties to bin laden to be part of the ruling government/family. But they did not order, or carry out the attack. At worst, it sounds like the ruling members intentionally turned a blind eye to bin laden so long as he didn’t attack Saudi Arabia. Terrible that it was allowed to happen, and IMO unforgivable more wasn’t done by the USA to punish the Saudis… What actually did happen? Both internally directed and externally from the USA?
But, in kashgoggi’s case, the order to kill a US resident and media member came directly from the Saudi leader (not figurehead). And then Trump folded when it came time to be tough, or even look tough. Couldn’t even figure out a way to look tough. Disgraceful.