Senators compel Trump to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance

Senators compel Trump to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance

Senators compel Trump to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance

Turkey, however, remains reluctant to officially blame Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder. As it escalates, WWE could potentially be forced to sever ties with the country, and Murphy's words are particularly pertinent to their business as he represents the state in which WWE HQ is based.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper has published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing.

It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if US officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said.

The Saudi regime denies this.

"I've never heard of an embassy in my life that doesn't tape", he said.

Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country past year to live in the USA in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent. "I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

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

If confirmed, it would offer proof that the Saudi government was attempting to silence Mr Khashoggi.

National security adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, talked with Salman on Tuesday, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a follow-up call with the Saudi leader to reiterate the US demand for information about the case, the White House said.

USA intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.

Twenty-two senators wrote to Trump invoking the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which requires the president to open an investigation and determine whether sanctions should be imposed. After being told his documents would be ready in a week, Khashoggi went to London and returned to Istanbul on October 1. One of the men is said to be a senior Saudi forensic official.

Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says that although she is afraid that media reports of his death could be true, she wants to wait for a "final result" and still thinks "anything" could have happened to him.

They reportedly took CCTV footage from the consulate with them back to Riyadh, while Turkish staff at the consulate were told to take holiday the day Khashoggi arrived.

Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed U.S. intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

The newspaper's editor placed a note at the end of the article saying: "An earlier version of this article included details about several Saudis named by Turkish officials in the case that had not been independently corroborated by The New York Times".

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed 59-year-old Khashoggi "baseless", but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

Politicians in the US, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardise America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

"What happened to this respected and noble man, Jamal Khashoggi, is a crime of lowness, vulgar and treachery, and a crime against humanity, the right of the press, free of speech", he said.

Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said authorities are "open to cooperation" and willing to examine the consulate grounds, though it was not clear when a search would take place. Trump was briefly asked about the disappearance at the White House on Tuesday.

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