Forensic teams look for evidence after Khashoggi disappearance

Andrew Cummings
October 18, 2018

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of brutally killing Khashoggi, a Saudi national who often criticized the Saudi government in his reporting.

"I can't imagine there will be no response", McConnell said.

'The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Senators' letter cited big-ticket past transactions between Trump and members of the Saudi royal family, including the $325 million sale of New York's Plaza Hotel in 1995 "in a deal to pay off Trump Organization debts".

"No, not at all", he declared.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and there is mounting worldwide pressure on Saudi Arabia over his killing.


Turkish officials say they have evidence that Saudi Arabia deployed a 15-man hit squad to kill Khashoggi inside the consulate building.

"In all probability, the Saudis want Trump to know that his cooperation in covering for the Khashoggi affair is important to the Saudi monarch", Joshua Landis, director of the University of Oklahoma's Center of Middle East Studies, told the Post. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent".

The Dutch and French finance ministers, as well as several other politicians and business leaders, have said they are pulling out of the event.

Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday seeking answers about the Khashoggi case. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

Turkish police and forensic experts on Wednesday searched the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul and also searched the country's consulate for a second time.

As well as visiting the Saudi mission, the suspect is seen at the consul's official residence, checking out of a hotel and at Istanbul's Ataturk airport leaving Turkey later the same day.


The Gulf kingdom has called the allegations "baseless".

"He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and for me to ignore it, I feel used and abused", Graham told Fox and Friends. Lindsey Graham of SC, turning to speak to the camera.

The president was forced to address the issue again on Wednesday after his previous comments sparked backlash and questions about his ties to Saudi Arabia.

Global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance. Erdogan said toxic material was found which had been "painted over".

President Donald Trump has been even more forgiving, likening the Saudis to Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and asserting that they could not be "guilty until proven innocent".

Dissident journalist Khashoggi, has been missing since October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate to gather documents for marriage.


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