Disappearance of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Prof. John Stremlau

Lloyd Doyle
October 17, 2018

In Turkey earlier Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the Associated Press that police investigators searching the Saudi Consulate had found evidence that Khashoggi was killed there.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have reported, citing anonymous sources, that Saudi officials may soon acknowledge Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate but blame it on a botched intelligence operation.

Nauert said Pompeo called Trump and National Security adviser John Bolton to update them on the meetings. It said one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government.

Saudi officials say he left the building, but have provided no evidence to support this.

Speaking on Tuesday after Turkish police entered the consulate for the first time and searched the premises for nine hours, Erdogan also told reporters that they were looking into toxic materials at the mission.

Turkish officials have confirmed that the 15 names reported in the Turkish media are those of the suspected team members, and their alleged involvement is part of the evidence cited by Turkey that Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi's death.

While Pompeo was in Riyadh, Trump said on Twitter that he had talked with the crown prince, the country's de facto leader, "who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish consulate".

OZAN KOSE via Getty Images Protesters hold a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on Oct. 9, 2018, in Istanbul. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to receive papers he needed to remarry.

Pompeo is due to meet senior Turkish officials in Ankara on Wednesday to brief them on his conversations in Riyadh.

Jonathan Fulton, assistant professor of political science at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, said China had grown more serious in its regional arms relationships with Gulf states in recent years, with the potential to serve as a "wedge" as US-Saudi relations frayed.

Graham's comments, on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends", underscored the apparent frustration by some in Congress about the 33-year-old crown prince and his crackdowns on dissent. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it.

Trump said he didn't "want to get into (Salman's) mind", but told reporters: "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". The secretary of state noted that the Saudi leaders, while denying knowledge of anything that occurred inside the consulate, had committed to accountability "including for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".

"It's up to the president, but I know what I'm going to do..."

Just hours before the forensic inspection, the Saudis let in a team of cleaners armed with several large mops and buckets. "He may not", Trump said during a visit to Alabama.

"His denial to me could not have been stronger", Trump said, echoing language he has used to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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