Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Saudi assassins reportedly dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi while he was still alive

Saudi assassins reportedly dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi while he was still alive

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that the United States is willing to help Turkey investigate the case of a missing Saudi journalist.

Pompeo welcomed the Turkish decision to release USA pastor Andrew Brunson and "reiterated the United States' willingness to assist Turkey in its investigation of the Jamal Khashoggi case", read the statement.

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

Reporters at the White House asked Trump why he did not send the FBI to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance, as he was a resident of the state of Virginia.

What is Trump's latest position?

Some interpreted Nauert's photo - along with President Donald Trump's defense of the Saudis - as evidence that the U.S. is trivializing the Saudi government's disregard for human rights. Trump also said he expected to get a full report from Pompeo when he returned.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu Wednesday but refused to express any doubt or skepticism about the legitimacy of a Saudi investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

The president said the truth would come out "by the end of the week".

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White House aides have suggested that while Trump is reluctant to criticize certain world leaders publicly - most notably when he did not upbraid Putin at their Helsinki summit - he has been willing to deliver tough messages behind closed doors.

"Here we go again with you know you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump told The Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday.

What is reported to be on the recording?

After investigations at the Saudi consulate and the consul's residence, Turkish authorities have widened the geographic focus of the search, the senior Turkish officials said.

Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford, in Istanbul, said she was told by someone "very close to the inquiry" that one of the theories is Mr Khashoggi's remains were destroyed in a "very fast-acting chemical acid".

"Remember what happened", Lippmann said, "the president's first foreign trip after he became president was to Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis flattered him in every way which, he ate it up, and they had him looking into that glowing orb and really feeling that he had found some kind of - don't know, soul mate - in Saudi Arabia".

The search of the consul's residence came 15 days after Khashoggi's disappearance - and after police apparently thought they would be able to conduct the search on Tuesday.

How is Turkey's investigation progressing?

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Earlier, a joint Saudi-Turkish team entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to search it.

The team included prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls.

The broader Saudi-US goal is to roll back Iranian influence in Syria. Leaked surveillance video shows that cars travelled to the Consul's home shortly after Mr. Khashoggi went into the consulate.

Cavusoglu, who was speaking from the airport in Ankara, said the talks with Pompeo were "beneficial and fruitful".

The legislation states US military aid and sales to Saudi Arabia would be prohibited, pending confirmation from Pompeo on the status of Khashoggi.

"We're not going to walk away from Saudi Arabia". It's unclear if Turkey offered him the chance to hear any such recordings.

FILE - Human rights activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 9, 2018. Turkish officials gave CNN passport scans of seven Saudi men believed to be involved in the incident, including Tubaigy.

He was reportedly threatened with death after complaining about Mr Khashoggi being killed in the consulate.

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