Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalist's disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi: Recording emerges of journalist 'torture and murder'

Khashoggi's alleged killers tortured the journalist during interrogation by cutting his fingers off, Yeni Safak said, claiming it had heard several recordings of the incident. "So if the Secret Service sees this, they know you're legit....the camera was rolling and the Secret Service agent kind of ran interference, put his hand over my phone, over the camera", Barnett said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

The statement did not refer to the disappearance of Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to receive documents ahead of his wedding.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday. "The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump said Monday. The Washington Post columnist was not observed leaving the building, and the U.S. media have cited anonymous Turkish sources to report that he was murdered and dismembered inside.

If Saudi Arabia does not become more transparent, various consequences will be very heavy for the future of the country.

"The president is willingly and knowingly doing the counter messaging for the Saudi kingdom". Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

With evidence mounting that Saudi Arabia is behind the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come under increasing fire in the Western press. "Answers will be forthcoming shortly".

"This guy has got to go", Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox.

Saudi Arabia has pledged to retaliate economically for any USA punitive action. "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

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Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed inside the consulate, but Saudi officials insist he had left the consulate safely. In private there may well be some strong words, in public both countries may want to present a united stand.

The reason Kushner is of particular interest on the disappearance of Khashoggi is that he was a key part of forging a relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and massive arms sale to the kingdom.

What is the state of investigation?

President Donald Trump had said a day earlier that "severe punishment" would follow if it is found that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

Trump offered his most robust defence of the Saudi regime during a Tuesday interview with the Associated Press in which he linked the allegations of the Khashoggi case with the recent Brett Kavanaugh affair.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be difficult" the Turkish official said.

Police set up barricades outside the consul general's residence on Tuesday evening in order to carry out a planned search of the premises, but Turkey is waiting for a joint agreement with the Saudis to search the residence. Samples, including soil from the garden and a metal gate, were reportedly taken.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara.

The New York Times and CNN, quoting unnamed sources, reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia would acknowledge that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong.

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