The Saudi Prince "Totally Denies" Knowledge

A murder claim gives Turkey leverage over Saudi and Trump

Trump Speaks to Saudi King, Sends Pompeo for Follow-Up

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the USA president.

"Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish consulate", Trump wrote on Twitter after a short phone conversation with the heir to the Saudi throne.

After his talks with the king, Pompeo was to have dinner with his powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a U.S. official told the accompanying press.

But some US lawmakers have all but accepted Turkey's version of the events, that a team of Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul and killed Khashoggi when he went to the consulate to pick up documents he needed to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national who waited in vain for Khashoggi to emerge from the consulate.

While lurid claims have appeared in Turkish media-including that Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered-Turkey's leadership has so far refrained from pointing the finger directly at Riyadh in public comments.

US President Donald Trump is pushing back on accusations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside a consulate in Turkey, calling them a case of holding Riyadh "guilty until proven innocent".

Trump previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors.

Turkish police and other officials enter Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing about it", Graham said, using the acronym for the presumed heir-apparent to the Saudi throne.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara.

"Records show that two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi crown prince and Interior Ministry arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance", the story added.

"Turkish officials have said they possess evidence that the 15 Saudi agents flew into Istanbul on October 2, assassinated Mr. Khashoggi, dismembered his body with a bone saw they had brought for the objective, and flew out the same day", reported the Times, without giving the names of the officials reportedly cited. Saudi Arabia, if you're listening. Before Brunson's release, Trump had pointed out that Khashoggi is not a USA citizen and that his disappearance had happened in Turkey.

The shocking details of the incident, uncovered by Turkish security and intelligence authorities, require a serious step from Riyadh and time is running against Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is very anxious about the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and makes no apologies for pushing a human rights agenda with Saudi Arabia. The officials were not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday for Riyadh after police said they planned to search his home as part of their investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

He accused Trump of having been enlisted as Saudi Arabia's "PR agent" to float the denial. Pompeo then met a smiling Prince Mohammed, the heir apparent to the throne of the world's largest oil exporter.

"This guy's gotta go", he said on Tuesday morning on Fox News, describing Prince Mohammed as a "wrecking ball". "They didn't want to either".

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