Khashoggi case: U.S. intel points to Saudi Arabia, says Graham

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Khashoggi - a United States resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and Turkish officials suspect he was murdered.

Turkish authorities have said he was killed by members of an elite Saudi "assassination squad", an allegation the Saudi government has dismissed.

"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.

He went in, and it doesn't look like he came out. We have a lot of things happening in this country. "I very much doubt we could pass another one", Corker said. "They're going to take that money and spend it in Russian Federation or China or someplace else". "We don't like it and we're going to get to the bottom", he added. Saudi power is now more concentrated, more brutal, more impatient, more impetuous - and more confident that it can act as it sees fit thanks to the embrace of Mr Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He told local radio in his home state Tuesday that he wants to end the arms shipments if there's "any indication" the Saudis are "implicated in killing this journalist that was critical of them".

"If it turns out to be what we all think it is today but don't know, there will have to be significant sanctions placed at the highest levels", he said.

"Part of that is what we are doing with our defense systems and everybody is wanting them and frankly, I think that would be very, very tough pill to swallow for our country". But senior members of Congress with access to US intelligence reporting feared the worst.

He said earlier on "Fox & Friends" that "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey" and with Saudi Arabia on the case, but he provided no evidence or elaboration. "It's a bad situation", Trump said in the Oval Office.

"Yes, we're looking at it". But it's a very serious situation, and it's something we're taking very seriously. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anyone".

Those reported details, along with comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared aimed at gradually pressuring Saudi Arabia to reveal what happened while also balancing a need to maintain Saudi investments in Turkey and relations on other issues.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen.

Saudi Arabia did not respond to the new images, which while offering little concrete proof about the fate of Mr Khashoggi are likely to intensify pressure on the kingdom to provide answers. Picture taken September 29, 2018.

Many renowned US intellectuals also called on the Trump administration to pressure the Saudi government to shed light on the Khashoggi case. His Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never reappeared.

"We're demanding everything", Trump told reporters.

However, three US law enforcement sources said that because Khashoggi is not an American citizen and disappeared outside the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has no automatic jurisdiction to get involved in the case and could only become involved if requested by a foreign government such as Turkey.

The crown prince ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from the United States and then detain him, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing us intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.

While the crown prince has been praised for modernizing some aspects of Saudi life, he has also been ruthless against his critics or anyone standing in the way of his rise to power.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy voiced doubt there would be support in Congress to approve another arms sale to Saudi Arabia - although lawmakers haven't blocked sales before.

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