Fox News Research Responds to Trump Saudi Arabia Business Denials

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported on Wednesday, saying it heard audio recordings.

On Monday, a joint Turkish-Saudi working group on this case held its first meeting in the Istanbul police department, after which the members of the working group from Saudi Arabia entered the consulate.

Turkish officials have claimed that Khashoggi was murdered by a 15-man hit squad who flew in and out of Istanbul in the hours surrounding the journalist's disappearance.

Meanwhile, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters the investigators are considering extending the search to the residence of the Saudi consul.

"Pompeo, who smiled broadly as he greeted Prince Salman, appeared less intent on determining the truth than in helping the defacto Saudi ruler escape from the crisis he triggered", said the unsigned editorial.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, dispatched by Trump to the region, said the U.S. takes Khashoggi's disappearance seriously.

"Well, this is not rogue killers", Graham said yesterday in a Fox News interview where he laid the blame at the feet of Mohammad bin Salman.

This is while Brett H. McGurk, the United States special envoy to the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, asserted that Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia and the $100 million payment were not connected.

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had criticized Prince Mohammed - vanished on October 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate.

"Gardiner and others believe the Trump administration may likely bring limited economic sanctions only against those responsible for the suspected murder, similar to what happened to Turkey's Justice Minister in the detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson".

Around a dozen forensics officers carrying extensive equipment, went in to the building, where they will also search the garden, Crawford said.

"We have said before that Saudi Arabia must cooperate with us in every aspect without delay".

Trump, who threatened punishment for Saudi Arabia when Khashoggi's disappearance first came to light two weeks ago, has repeatedly noted Saudi leaders' denials since then and insisted the USA must know the facts before taking action.

The newspaper said one of the Saudis torturing Khashoggi replied: "Shut up if you want to live when you return to (Saudi) Arabia".

US President Donald Trump said he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia despite concerns about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Three other suspects, namely Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi, and Muhammed Saad Alzahrani were identified as the Saudi King's security team.

According to the report, Khashoggi dying screams could be heard before he was "injected with an unknown drug" and later fell silent.

The disclosure comes as Turkish authorities work to substantiate publicly its allegations against Saudi Arabia before the Saudis issue a much-anticipated public explanation for his disappearance. The case has put Saudi Arabia under pressure from close allies.

"The one thing we really know as a solid fact is that Khashoggi went into the consulate and he was never seen coming out again", Colville said, adding that it seemed "very probable" that some crime had been committed.

  • Zachary Reyes