Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

On Friday, ABC News reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had allegedly heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate. We will have them very soon, and I think we'll be making a statement, a very strong statement.

Stephen Colbert kicked off Thursday's Late Show with a family-friendly joke about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's reported post-election report on President Trump and Russian Federation, and Sting's tantric. prowess - followed by a Gen-X-friendly joke about Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

But Pompeo, "who smiled broadly as he greeted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, appeared less intent on determining the truth than in helping the de facto Saudi ruler escape from the crisis he triggered", said the Post.

At least in media reports, the Turks have claimed to have irrefutable evidence of the murder, supposedly even to the length of time it took to kill Khashoggi and dismember him.

"No not at all, I just want to find out what's happening", Trump told reporters in the White House when asked if his consistently cautious approach to the scandal amounts to a cover-up.

Intelligence officials rushed to the Istanbul airport, where a private Saudi plane was waiting to take off, to try to determine whether he had been abducted or whether his body was being whisked out of the country, the news outlet reported.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

In related developments, senior government officials from the United States, France, Britain and the Netherlands withdrew from an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

The president said the consequences for Saudi Arabia, if they are ultimately deemed culpable, "will have to be very severe".

"We're all going to get to see the response from Saudi Arabia to this".

While Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of the murder in Istanbul of Khashoggi, a US-based writer who has been critical of Saudi leaders, Trump has cautioned against a rush to judgment against an important Mideast ally.

In his remarks, Mr Pompeo stressed the long alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Fred Hiatt, Editorial page editor with The Washington Post, says the newsroom made a hard decision to move forward with the publication of what could be Jamal Khashoggi's final column, after the journalist went missing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.

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