Trump addresses Khashoggi with senior Saudi leader

Lewis Collier
October 11, 2018

Earlier Wednesday, a bipartisan group of more than 20 senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes the imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

The Trump administration must report to Congress within 120 days. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.

Mr Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering his country's consulate to obtain official documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

The Post quoted a Turkish official as saying authorities suspect a 15-member team killed the journalist at the consulate.

"We're monitoring this very closely, this situation very closely, and we are working closely with [the] State Department", Mattis said. 'After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. And we want to get to the bottom of it.

"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.

TV channels broadcast videos of what they said were the men arriving at the airport and checking into hotels, as well as footage of auto traffic outside the consulate before and after Khashoggi's disappearance, including a black van with blacked out windows that the police find suspicious.

"The Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance", Corker told The Associated Press.

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In the calls by Bolton, Kushner and Pompeo, she said, "they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process".

The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi plans to kidnap Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fled into exile past year.

The Saudi dissident's fate remains shrouded in mystery, with several reports indicating that he has been either killed or kidnapped at the consulate by 15 Saudi operatives - among them bin Salman's elite close protection unit - who had arrived in Istanbul on the same day only to leave Turkish soil hours later.

Boot told Lemon, "If these reports are accurate, they lured (Khashoggi) into their consulate in Istanbul on the soil of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country and killed and dismembered him". The footage shows Khashoggi entering the consulate on October 2. The video shows aircraft waiting on the tarmac. Almost two hours later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes Vito with diplomatic license plates, which resembled a van parked outside of the consulate when Mr Khashoggi walked in, drives some 2 kilometres to the consul's home, where it parks inside a garage.

But the Post reported that the Saudis haven't presented any evidence he left the building and say that their video cameras weren't recording at the time.

'I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey, ' the 36-year-old wrote in the Washington Post, the paper Mr Khashoggi worked for. Under the Vienna Convention, foreign diplomatic missions are sovereign territory and a host country can not enter without permission. Turkey is looking. And a couple of others are looking.

Saudi Arabia has remained silent as the images have played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.

Meanwhile, top American senators called on US President Donald Trump to consider imposing sanctions on Saudi officials regarding Khashoggi's case.

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