Monday, 22 October, 2018

Pompeo, Bolton, Kushner talk to Saudi crown prince about Khashoggi case

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A screenshot of Khashoggi entering the consulate taken by a Turkish police camera, at 1:14 pm on October 2 is the last known image seen of the writer who was living in exile between Washington DC and Istanbul.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.

When asked whether he's demanding answers from the Saudis, Trump said, "yes we are".

Trump on Tuesday said he was "very concerned about it". Brent crude prices are now hovering around US$86 a barrel and global traders are betting that they will go past US$100. It's a very serious situation for us and for this White House ... "But I don't want to rush to judgment".

He said he and his wife, Melania, expect to invite Cengiz to the White House soon. However, he has not been seen for more than a week, and the only closed-circuit television footage that's been released shows him entering the building but not departing.

"We need to look at an escalating list of actions that we can take in response to what the Saudis have done, assuming that that's proved to be true", Shaheen said.

"I have to find out who did it", Trump said. He added that he spoke with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details.

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"We can not let this happen - to reporters, to anybody", he added during the Oval Office meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator. "We expect a thorough investigation and total transparency from the Saudi authorities on what happened".

Turkish officials fear the team killed Khashoggi, who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his writing.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.

He said Iran's sales had fallen by 700,000 barrels per day since the United States announced in May that it was pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposing sanctions on its oil industry.

In his last interview three days before his disappearance, Khashoggi said that he did not think he would return to Saudi Arabia.

Middle East Eye reported one of the suspects was head of the forensic department in Saudi General Security.

The Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged that the Saudi Consulate's 28 local staff were given the day off October 2 because a "diplomats' meeting" would be held there on that day. Some Turkish politicians have moved to downplay the Saudi's role in the disappearance. The Saudis, for their part, have not turned over any CCTV footage of his exit.

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A State Department spokesman said Wednesday the USA had no advance notice of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi had sought to become a USA citizen after living in self-imposed exile since a year ago, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote. The Saudi government has fiercely denied that allegation.

Corker says he was told that closed-circuit TV from the consulate was live only and did not record. And we want to get to the bottom of it. Twelve of them arrived early on the Tuesday, based on photos captured at passport control which it published.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed the identities of what it called a "mysterious" 15-member "assassination squad" who were allegedly involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. Both hotels declined to comment on the report.

The security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul with them when they left Turkey. Shortly after midday it said several cars entered the consulate building.

Footage time-stamped 4:51 a.m. and 4:53 a.m. shows the men, carrying small carry-on bags, checking into the Movenpick hotel near the consulate.

The Post has obtained video of the areas surrounding the consulate that purportedly shows when Khashoggi arrived at the consulate, as well as the movements of vehicles leaving the consulate two hours later.

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