Bipartisan Senate Group Forces U.S. Probe of Saudi Journalist's Disappearance

Bipartisan Senate Group Forces U.S. Probe of Saudi Journalist's Disappearance

Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, denied reports that Riyadh had Khashoggi killed.

The worldwide implications of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance deepened after the "Washington Post" reported that U.S. intelligence was aware the Saudi government was planning to kidnap the journalist. After a positive first meeting with consular staff, who welcomed him warmly and assured him that the necessary paperwork would come through, Jamal was hardly concerned ahead of his second visit.

Turkish officials have concluded that Khashoggi's assassination was directed from top Saudi leaders because of the scale and complexity of the operation.

Trump went on to say relations with Saudi Arabia are "excellent", before arguing the country should pay more for USA defense.

Saudi Arabia is one of the United States' strongest allies in the region. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said it's "imperative" that the Saudi government give clear answers about what happened to Khashoggi. "We don't like it and we're going to get to the bottom of it", he added. She said the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

Local press reports suggested he was abducted and taken to Saudi Arabia, though this has never been confirmed.

The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has asked President Donald Trump to help uncover what happened to the Riyadh critic who she said had "been fighting for his principles".

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that USA intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.

Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published write-ups that were critical of the Saudi government.

"Duty to warn applies if harm is intended toward an individual", said a former senior intelligence official.

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"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.

The newspaper's editor placed a note at the end of the article saying: "An earlier version of this article included details about several Saudis named by Turkish officials in the case that had not been independently corroborated by The New York Times".

Turkish media have identified 15 Saudis, including some officials, who made a mysterious one-day trip from Riyadh to Istanbul the day Khashoggi vanished at the consulate.

In an email shared with reporters and described as a "personal message", Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, called Khashoggi a friend.

Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said authorities are "open to cooperation" and willing to examine the consulate grounds, though it was not clear when a search would take place.

Paul said he hopes Khashoggi's disappearance " motivates everybody to reassess our kinship and everything we do with Saudi Arabia".

Vice President Mike Pence signals the US may help investigate the disappearance of the Washington Post contributor and prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Wednesday the New York Times pulled out as media sponsors of the conference, known by participants as "Davos in the Desert", to be held at the same Ritz-Carlton hotel where crown prince Mohammed bin Salman a year ago jailed dozens of wealthy Saudis in what he said was an anti-corruption campaign.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump's aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner had all spoken to Prince Mohammed over the past two days over the case.

"If the Saudi government sent a bunch of people to kill him and chop him up and then they left, if that's what happened, I'm telling you what's gonna happen on Capitol Hill is a complete revolt against our policies with Saudi Arabia, ' said Rubio, adding that would be "unfortunate" because the Saudis are important partners when it comes to "containing" Iran's influence".

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