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'US appointing investigator on Saudi journalist untrue'

'US appointing investigator on Saudi journalist untrue'

Turkish officials say they fear Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered Khashoggi but have offered no evidence beyond video footage of the journalist entering the consulate and the arrival in the country of what they describe as a 15-member Saudi team that allegedly targeted him.

United States officials have not confirmed Turkish claims that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son Prince Mohammed, had been lured to the consulate and murdered by a team of 15 government operatives sent by Riyadh to Istanbul.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said he will introduce a bill that would cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia until the missing Saudi-born dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is found safe and well.

Government sources in Turkey said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

"I have to find out what happened. and we're probably getting closer than you might think", he said in the Fox News interview.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of Khashoggi and President Donald Trump has demanded answers over his fate, as the kingdom faces growing pressure to provide a convincing explanation for his disappearance. "We want to see what's going on".

Meanwhile, top American senators called on US President Donald Trump to consider imposing sanctions on Saudi officials regarding Khashoggi's case. "It's a bad situation", Trump said in the Oval Office. We're looking at it very strongly. She said the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger". You know, we have to see what happens.

"The Global Magnitsky [.] Act requires the President, upon receipt of [this request], to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognised human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression, and report to the Committee within 120 days with a determination and a decision on the imposition of sanctions on that foreign person or persons", the letter read. "And frankly, I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

"At this time, I implore President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", she said.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he sees no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the United States despite concern over a missing Saudi journalist, saying the Gulf nation would then just move its money into Russian Federation and China.

There's been a long history of close U.S. -Saudi relations, and those have intensified under Trump.

A bipartisan group of 22 USA senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday triggering a U.S. government investigation under the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 sanctions law originally aimed at Russians and expanded by Congress in 2016 to apply globally.

The Senate "barely" approved the last round of arms sales, Corker said he told Prince Khalid bin Salman. "I don't believe anything they say", Graham told Al Jazeera.

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of worldwide recognized human rights", the letter said.

Turkey, however, remains reluctant to officially blame Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder.

"The U.S. -Saudi relationship is certainly not about shared moral values", House said. The Washington Post contributor vanished last week while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

'White House National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton and White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman yesterday about the missing Washington Post journalist, ' according to Sanders.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino earlier insisted that the United States had no forewarning of any concrete threat to Khashoggi.

Global pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia, a close USA ally and a leading oil exporter, about the disappearance of Khashoggi, who entered the consulate to get documents for his planned marriage. "I don't trust them one bit". "But I don't want to rush to judgment", Corker said on Tuesday. The wealthy former government insider had been living in the U.S.in self-imposed exile.

People hold signs at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia during a protest about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington.

Sabah newspaper published the names and years of birth of the 15 Saudis it said arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.


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