WWE 'Monitoring' Reported Saudi Involvement in Death of Journalist

WWE 'Monitoring' Reported Saudi Involvement in Death of Journalist

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described to the Times a quick and complex operation in which Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal.

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is being "very tough" as it looks into a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered in Istanbul, adding "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey" and with Saudi Arabia.

Graham told Al Jazeera on Thursday that he has read U.S. intelligence that points to the Saudi government's involvement in the disappearance of the Saudi writer.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the US intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, said "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

In a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, senators invoked the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016 to seek an investigation into what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post Global Opinion columnist.

"I would not be in favor of stopping a country from spending $110 billion - which is an all-time record - and letting Russian Federation have that money and letting China have that money", Trump told reporters, referring to an arms deal he signed with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his maiden trip to Saudi Arabia a year ago.

Pence's comments come as Turkey accused Saudi Arabia of sending a 15 person team to assassinate the journalist. He went to the diplomatic building on October 2 with Cengiz but was not seen after entering it. Some have been incredulous at its denials of wrongdoing and contention it has no recorded video footage from the consulate showing Khashoggi, who had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year.

"Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia", they said.

It said that the circumstances around Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally-recognised human rights", including torture or killing.

"We need to push back on activities like this if they have occurred", Corker said.

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He has been critical of some policies of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

According to several media outlets, citing unnamed Turkish sources, police in Turkey believe the writer was killed inside the diplomatic facility.

All three officials pressed MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, for more details and urged his government to support a transparent investigation, Sanders added.

Rubio said on "America's Newsroom" that if evidence of Saudi involvement is found, there will be an effort in Washington, D.C.to "fundamentally alter" the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

"Well, I think that would be hurting us", he said.

But Trump, who during his first official visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2017 announced a proposed $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom, wouldn't say whether he would block further weapons sales if it is proven that the crown prince was behind Khashoggi's disappearance.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi leadership, Turkish officials revealed to the New York Times.

Mr Erdogan has previously challenged Saudi Arabia to provide proof of its version of events - that Mr Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi monarchy, had left the consulate "after a few minutes or one hour". US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, increased his pressure on the Saudis over Khashoggi's disappearance, local media reported Thursday.

"We have got to send a signal early on that going around killing journalists is totally inappropriate and if he (MBS) has been involved there's got to be sanctions".

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