National security adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, talked with Salman on Tuesday, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a follow-up call with the Saudi leader to reiterate the US demand for information about the case, the White House said.
A bipartisan group of US senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.
'He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the U.S.is continuing to monitor the unfolding investigation in Istanbul, but offered no information about what the crown princetold the US officials regarding Khashoggi's disappearance. His disappearance has triggered a widening investigation by Turkish authorities, amid fears the journalist was killed inside the consulate. "It's a very serious situation for us". "It's a awful thing".
President Trump said Wednesday that his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, would "most likely be coming to the White House" in light of the "bad situation". The question now is, 'Will Donald Trump keep playing dumb, as he did yesterday when he was asked about it-or is he going to start putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to give us some answers....
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published write-ups that were critical of the Saudi government. And we're in contact with her now, and we want to bring her to the White House.
Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.
A government source has told me President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sounding more cautious than the leaks, because if he were to echo the allegations that Mr Khashoggi was murdered, it would mean kicking out the Saudi ambassador and consul general by now.
Paul said he hopes Khashoggi's disappearance " motivates everybody to reassess our kinship and everything we do with Saudi Arabia".
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Bolton and Kushner spoke to Prince Mohammed on Tuesday.
"He shared with me that they only livestream their tapes", Corker said, according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju.
It is claimed that one of the men was a forensics expert, while others were part of the military or had close links to Saudi Arabia's ruling inner-circle.
Saudi officials said he left shortly afterwards but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.
A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018.
Turkey's Sabah newspaper reports that it has identified 15 members of an intelligence team it says was involved in the Saudi's disappearance.
The report also said that the Saudis stayed at the Wyndham and Movenpick hotels in Istanbul, in the same neighbourhood as the Saudi consulate. Their names and photographs have been published in a Turkish newspaper. "Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable".
"Until official statements are made, it makes more sense to wait a bit longer and to see the final result as opposed to making a bold comment", Cengiz said.
Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the WashingtonPost.
"We are investigating the issue with its all dimensions. The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said earlier in the week.
As the kingdom failed to release any proof that the dissident left its consulate in Istanbul alive, the identities of an alleged 15-member assassination squad surfaced.
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