Bipartisan group of senators calls for investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Marco Green
October 12, 2018

Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.

In an interview later on Wednesday with Fox News @ Night, Mr Trump said he wanted to find out what happened to Mr Khashoggi but appeared reluctant to consider blocking arms sales, citing economic reasons.

In an interview Wednesday, Pence said the "ready to assist in anyway" in response to questions about sending Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Mohammed ordered that Khashoggi be lured from the United States, where he had been living for the past year after a crackdown on dissidents in the kingdom, to Saudi Arabia, where he could be detained, the Washington Post reported.

Since 2009, the executive branch has notified Congress of proposed foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia of major defense articles and services with a potential aggregate value of almost $139 billion, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Two previous attempts both failed, the first one garnering only 25 votes while the second managed to get 47 votes - but Paul thinks that "growing opposition" to Saudi actions would ensure that another vote would be successful.

Turkey's pro-government newspaper Sabah said yesterday it had identified a 15-member intelligence team it said was involved in the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A week after the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, details about what happened to him at the Saudi consulate are beginning to emerge, along with indications that the US had information of a Saudi plot against him.

The video then cuts away to traffic outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood, showing vehicles with green diplomatic license plates.

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a United States resident whose writings for the Washington Post were often critical of the crown prince, was killed by a team of assassins who arrived in Turkey from Saudi Arabia the same day he vanished.

He declined to comment on Khashoggi's possible fate, but said "we can not let this happen; to reporters, to anybody".

The case surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, raised more concerns after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered.

'We're demanding everything, ' Trump said, asked if his team was seeking information from the Saudis - longtime allies who the Trump administration has hugged closely. Turkish authorities claim they believe he was killed in the building, but Saudi officials have denied this, and the case remains shrouded in mystery.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish media published surveillance footage of the men Ankara believes to have been part of the "assassination squad".

"We think that there is very little hope that Jamal is still alive". 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. "Certainly doesn't look like he is around", Trump told "Fox and Friends".

"I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate", Cengiz wrote.

They have not yet provided evidence or spoken on the record regarding the details of their investigation.

Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in the USA since previous year.

He further stressed that he wants to end arms exports if there's "any indication" the Saudis are "implicated in killing this journalist that was critical of them".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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