The Investigators Trump Says Are in Turkey Don’t Seem to Be There

Security guards stand outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul

Security guards stand outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul

Trump expressed reservations over calls to withhold further USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, saying such a move "would be hurting us". "So, everything we did to Putin, I want to do to Saudi Arabia". "Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?"

On Trump's first trip overseas as president, he visited Saudi Arabia and announced the massive arms sales package.

Turkish security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the consulate with them when they left Turkey.

Khashoggi is a prominent Saudi journalist who was living in a self-imposed exile.

"We're monitoring this very closely, this situation very closely, and we are working closely with [the] State Department", Mattis said.

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday.

"Therefore, we request that you make a determination on the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi". These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

Previously, the kingdom's ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said reports suggesting Khashoggi went missing in the Istanbul consulate or that Saudi Arabia had killed him "are absolutely false and baseless" and a product of "malicious leaks and grim rumors". Local media described the Saudis being military and intelligence officers, as well as several "royal guards".

It was not clear, the report said, whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Mr. Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the USA officials warned Mr. Khashoggi that he was a target.

Reports about the US appointing investigator over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are untrue, said Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday. A third appeared to be a special forces soldier who worked as a bodyguard to Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Spectator reported claims that Mr Khashoggi had been offered a role as an adviser if he returned to Saudi Arabia but had declined because of "moral and religious" principles.

The president did not provide details on a USA investigation. He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there. I texted a few friends to inform them, and I asked about Jamal at the consular building.

A Turkish official said on October 6 that an "initial assessment" by police concluded Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate. The footage does not show Khashoggi himself leaving the consulate.

Trump says in a television interview that "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia". He had entered the consulate in order to finalize his divorce so that he could marry his fiancée, whom he had left waiting outside the building.

Trump said "it would be a very sad thing" if Khashoggi has been killed and would set a "terrible, awful precedent". I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States, because you know what they're going to do?

One of the 15 Saudis identified by name and photo in the report by Turkey's Sabah newspaper is a forensic expert who has worked at the Saudi Interior Ministry for 20 years, according to a LinkedIn profile and Saudi media, and serves on the board of the Saudi Society of Forensic Medicine.

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