Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

Trump ‘Rogue killers’ may be to blame for Saudi writer’s death

President Donald Trump. Trump ‘Rogue killers’ may be to blame for Saudi writer’s death

A team of Turkish police spent more than nine hours in the consulate on October 15 and October 16 and the Associated Press reported that they found "certain evidence" about the killing of the prominent Saudi dissident.

In a statement, Washington Post publisher and CEO Fred Ryan said "the Saudi government can no longer remain silent, and it is essential that our own government and others push harder for the truth".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters the investigation "was looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over".

"Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it", he said.

Police searched the Saudi consulate and said they found evidence Mr Khashoggi died there, according to a senior Turkish official. This guy's got to go.

Every step of the way-as numerous critics have pointed out-Trump has proven to be a willing megaphone for the Saudi regime's rapidly changing narrative, mindlessly repeating it on Twitter and to reporters as it has changed on a day-to-day basis.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was due to meet the king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Istanbul consulate.

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The crown prince and his father, King Salman, have denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, repeatedly asserting that he left the consulate freely. The president has repeatedly said he would not stop a major arms deal with the Saudis government, saying that would have negative consequences on the U.S., hurting jobs in the defense industry. Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for using the term "rogue killers".

"I think we'll also be guided by what other countries are doing", he said.

"Absolutely extraordinary they were able to enlist the President of the United States as their PR agent to float it".

NTV television says Erdogan made the comments to a group of journalists on Tuesday.

"We just went through that with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned", Trump told the AP.

The search of the consulate continued into the early hours of Tuesday.

A Turkish security official said no conclusive evidence emerged from the overnight search in the consulate.

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A Saudi official, not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters that the king had ordered an internal investigation based on information from the joint team in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi, who has written for the Washington Post and is a U.S. resident, arrived at the consulate at 13:14 local time on 2 October to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

The G7 foreign ministers called for those responsible to be held accountable.

Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday that denial of knowledge from the Saudi regime about the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he visited the Turkish Saudi Consulate "strains" the nation's credibility.

Riyadh insists that he left the consulate safely.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against any threats to exert economic sanctions or political pressure on the kingdom, saying it will respond with greater action given the kingdom's outsized role in the global economy. He sparking worldwide fears that he may have been harmed.

The Saudi stock market had tumbled 7.2 percent over the previous two trading days but rebounded 2 percent on Monday. Since Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance, powerful US executives have withdrawn from a high-profile investment conference in Riyadh this month.

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