Donald Trump: Jamal Khashoggi Not a U.S. Citizen

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2018

Turkish officials have said journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudis' Istanbul consulate. Kavanaugh denied the allegations and was confirmed to the court.

A high-level Turkish official previously told The Associated Press that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

The investigators examined the garden, and some could be seen on the roof of the building.

Turkish officials claim to have audio proving that Khashoggi's fingers were cut off and that he was later beheaded and dismembered.

Reports in Turkish media give gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

"I. could go on about places where the Saudis and the Americans are working together", the top US diplomat said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday arrived in Ankara from Riyadh for talks with the Turkish leadership, saying Saudi Arabia had promised a full investigation into the case. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's smiling photo op with Saudi Arabia's crown prince disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top U.S. diplomat told the royal his future as king depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi's suspected murder.

"That's not how the kingdom functions, especially with MBS as heir apparent", said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an expert on Saudi Arabia and the royal family who served more than 30 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Saudi Arabia is one of Washington's closest allies and the Khashoggi disappearance is putting the administration in an awkward position.

"When I do this job, I listen to music". Though Ozturk didn't spell it out, such an arrangement effectively would translate into allowing the affair to be buried with a few "rogue" officials, as Trump put it, being pinned with the blame.

Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has made Saudi Arabia a centerpiece of his yet to be revealed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, which is expected to call for massive Saudi and Gulf Arab contributions to fund reconstruction and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

Trump has appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudis, citing Riyadh's role in countering Iranian influence in the region - and tens of billions of dollars in potential arms deals.

"In all probability, the Saudis want Trump to know that his cooperation in covering for the Khashoggi affair is important to the Saudi monarch", said Joshua Landis, a professor at the University of Oklahoma. German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas has postponed his trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Turks are leading the investigation and have at times faced some difficulties with the Saudis, who did not grant them entry to the consulate until Monday and stalled Turkish police looking to inspect the Saudi consul general's residence until Wednesday. Their search included the roof and garage, and the deployment of a drone over the premises.

Mr al-Otaibi, reportedly left Turkey on Tuesday after it was announced the property would be searched in connection with the journalist's disappearance. Another is identified in a diplomatic directory from 2007 as a first secretary at the Saudi Embassy in London. "That's the only family that matters in Saudi politics, and they nearly never talk about their own conversations with each other and what the thinking is in the family".

The paper said one of the men was photographed with the Crown Prince during his visit to the United States earlier this year.

When asked about his opinion on the Khashoggi investigation, Graham said, "You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes ... to figure this out". He noted that the crown prince has been directly involved in the implementation of new policies and leads an ambitious effort to diversify the Saudi economy.

A team of Turkish investigators has entered the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disapperance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and top executives from Societe Generale and Glencore joined a growing list of executives who have pulled out.

"Well, it depends on what the sanction is", he said.

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