Corker says evidence points to Saudi involvement

  • Corker says evidence points to Saudi involvement

Corker says evidence points to Saudi involvement

Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US diplomats have been engaged on the issue and that Trump himself - he said Tuesday he "knows nothing" about what happened to Khashoggi - intends to speak to the Saudis.

Later on Wednesday, almost a quarter of the Senate's members wrote a letter to Trump that triggered a US investigation into the case that could result in sanctions against individual Saudis under a USA human rights law.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that the United States would continue to inquire about the fate of the journalist.

The US president, a key ally of the oil-rich Gulf state, said he had spoken with Saudi representatives about the "bad situation" with the journalist but did not disclose details of the conversations. "It's a awful thing".

President Donald Trump has also weighed in, calling the incident "a very serious situation for us and this White House. I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

Trump declined to say whom he talked with in the Saudi government.

Global news agencies reported that Turkish officials, who asked not to be identified, stated last Saturday evening that the Saudi journalist was killed by a team that arrived to Istanbul for a definite goal and left on the same day, while Turkish sources reported that those who entered the consulate during the presence of Khashoggi were from the Saudi Arabian security services.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, with blood on his hands protests with others outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, Oct. 10, 2018.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Sen.

The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just before he disappeared.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Bolton and Kushner spoke to Prince Mohammed on Tuesday.

"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself, and despite our differences, and his choice to go into his so called 'self-exile, ' we still maintained regular contact when he was in Washington", Khalid bin Salman added. This could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days.

Corker said that he had warned the kingdom that its political support in the Senate is "the lowest ever" and that if Saudi officials are responsible for Kashoggi's disappearance, "this would drop it off a cliff". "I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

There has been fierce speculation over what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote for Arab and Western media, after he vanished on October 2 following a visit to the consulate to obtain official documents.

Turkish media on Wednesday published the identities of what it said was a 15-member Saudi intelligence team allegedly involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi, along with their CCTV footage at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport while entering and leaving Turkey.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

She also urged Saudi Arabia's leaders to release security camera video from the consulate area.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as the "assassination squad" apparently taken at passport control.

Official Turkish sources said the men are believed to have killed Mr. Khashoggi and transported his body out of the consulate.