Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Top Trump Officials Talk with Saudi Crown Prince about Missing Journalist

Top Trump Officials Talk with Saudi Crown Prince about Missing Journalist

Turkish officials have concluded that Khashoggi's assassination was directed from top Saudi leaders because of the scale and complexity of the operation.

A contributor to The Washington Post, Khashoggi has not been seen since Tuesday last week, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to collect papers for his upcoming wedding. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed.

But he left Saudi Arabia in 2017, fearing censorship and possible detention at the hands of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Turkish media Wednesday showed what it said was a team of the 15 Saudis arriving at the Istanbul airport on the same day Khashoggi went missing.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia. Saudi Arabia denies knowing anything about his fate, saying that he left the building.

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fresh concern Wednesday over the case Wednesday, saying "violence against journalists should be condemned" and that the USA may be prepared to send Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help investigate the case.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state.

It wasn't clear whether the Saudis wanted to interrogate or kill him, or whether the U.S. warned the journalist he was a target, the person said. The Kentucky Republican said he hopes Trump will support stronger measures against Saudi Arabia "if there is any evidence they killed this journalist".

Ankara sought permission Sunday for the search after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time, Turkish television reported.

It did not say how it obtained the pictures and data. Both hotels declined to comment.

According to the images, a vehicle that went inside the consulate then went to the consul-general's residence nearby after 1200 GMT, two hours after Khashoggi had entered the mission. "They can even catch bird or a mosquito with the advanced systems they have", the president said.

"Riyadh is our only rational (Arab) partner because they agree with most of our long-term goals", said Hussein Ibish, with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. CCTV footage showed him entering the building.

News channel 24 aired the video, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito, which resembled one parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in on October 2.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said that he told the Saudi ambassador the Khashoggi's disappearance could lead the U.S. to curtail arms sales to the kingdom.

"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them", Corker added, according to The Beast.

Speaking at the White House, Trump vowed to get to the bottom of the case.

"We need to look at an escalating list of actions that we can take in response to what the Saudis have done, assuming that that's proved to be true", Shaheen said. "Everything that I've seen has raised real questions about what's happened here".

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