Audio proves Saudis killed journalist

The president spoke with Saudi King Salman on Monday, who Trump said insisted he did not have any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

Both men were seen exchanging pleasantries ahead of a closed-door meeting to discuss the case of Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and USA resident, who was last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The Turkish government alleges he was murdered, a charge the Saudis have vehemently denied.

The New York Times linked three others to the crown prince's security detail.

Sabah, a pro-government private newspaper in Turkey, last week listed 15 names alongside photographs of men who authorities believe were flown into Istanbul from Riyadh.

That means Saudi Arabia could cause trouble for Trump ahead of next month's elections, in which the Republican party is trying to avoid losing control of the House of Representatives.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to attend a high-profile investment conference in Riyadh next week known as "Davos in the desert", even as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde joined a growing list of high-profile executives who have pulled out.

"He's the 33-year-old prince who jumped over people". Khashoggi, a Saudi native who resided in Virginia, was an outspoken critic of his country and the prince, and reportedly feared for his safety before his disappearance.

President Donald Trump said after a phone call with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he "totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate". I feel used and abused. "Answers will be forthcoming shortly", Trump said in a tweet. Trump has speculated that "rogue killers" could be responsible, but gave no evidence to back up that theory. Lindsey Graham told "Fox and Friends", one of the president's favorite news broadcasts. This guy is a wrecking ball. "If they knew about it, that would be bad". "We have many overlapping interests, places we work together, places where Saudi Arabia and the United States are trying to achieve important things around the world". Pompeo will head to Turkey on Wednesday, the BBC said.

Trump dispatched his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom on Monday to find out "first-hand what happened, what they know, what's going on".

Mr Trump sent his top diplomat, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to discuss the incident with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

What is the state of investigation?

"Yesterday evening, unfortunately, police could not search the Saudi consul's residence". Certain areas of the consulate were to remain off-limits, although officials would be able to inspect surveillance cameras, Turkish media reported.

Khashoggi wasn't interrogated, the sources said - instead he was beaten up, drugged and killed in the office of the Saudi consul general Mohammad al-Otaibi.

A Turkish official is quoted by Reuters as saying "strong evidence" was found but no conclusive proof.

The Turkish government has also told the Trump administration that it has audio and video recordings of what occurred inside the consulate that day.

How was the consulate search conducted?

Four forensic vehicles arrived outside the consulate and took away soil samples as well as a metal door from the garden.

No details were immediately released about the talks Wednesday between Pompeo and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

What is alleged to have happened at the consulate?

On Monday, the Saudi government permitted Turkish officials to inspect the consulate nearly two weeks after Khashoggi first went missing. The evidence, which was described to the source by a Western intelligence agency, showed there had been an assault and a struggle inside the consulate. The Turkish official would not comment on the disposal method for the body. Khashoggi had penned articles critical of the country's rulers.

  • Zachary Reyes