Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Khashoggi

Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Khashoggi

"He was with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter", Trump said on Twitter.

Trump has previously said he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have suggested - because it would harm the U.S. economically.

While Pompeo said the Saudis would conduct a "thorough" investigation and hold any guilty parties completely accountable, he flat out shut down any conversation of the facts of the case.

The Saudi foreign ministry said Salman affirmed his country's "solid" relations with Turkey in the phone call with Erdogan.

In Ankara, the Secretary will meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu to welcome the decision to release Pastor Andrew Brunson and to discuss other issues of bilateral importance.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a "rogue crown prince" who is jeopardizing relations with the United States. The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a columnist, first obtained the scans.

Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed's regime, hasn't been seen since he entered the consulate October 2 to retrieve a document for his planned wedding.

The units were seen bringing tarp to the Saudi Consulate building.

Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Turkish government sources have said police believe the journalist was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials sent to Istanbul especially for the task.

The president also denied that his cautious approach to Saudi Arabia over the allegations was covering for a U.S. ally.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Mr. Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble". But last week, 22 senators triggered a US investigation of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance.

Speaking to reporters in the White House, Trump said King Salman's denial "could not have been stronger".

Back home, lawmakers were pointing fingers at the crown prince.

What's remarkable about this statement is that, once again, Trump seems to be taking the word of an authoritarian leader - in this case, granted, a longstanding US ally - over his own intelligence community.

It added that the report was still being prepared and things could change.

In a joint statement, the top diplomats of the three European countries stressed that "all the light must be shed on the disappearance of". Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account.

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