Oct 16: Mr Trump hits out at the widespread outrage directed at Saudi Arabia, insisting that the country was being judged "guilty until proven innocent". "What happened is unacceptable". Several U.S. lawmakers, however, were quick to cast doubt on the Saudi narrative.
"The case of the disappearance of the citizen Jamal bin Ahmed Khashoggi drew the attention of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the highest levels, and due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the Kingdom took the necessary procedures to clarify the truth and began by dispatching a security team to Turkey on 6 October 2018 to investigate and cooperate with counterparts in Turkey".
If Khashoggi was fighting inside the consulate, he was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him", Schiff said, adding that if the Trump administration won't hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi's death, Congress will.
He has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month to collect documents ahead of marrying his Turkish fiancee.
According to CNN, five high-ranking Saudi officials have been fired, and 18 other Saudis have been arrested and are still being detained.
His disappearance sparked a global outcry and prompted some United States lawmakers to call for harsh action against Riyadh.
But Turkish authorities are not satisfied with the Saudi explanation, a high-level source told Middle East Eye, and are collecting strong, mounting evidence that Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated murder. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak has published what it said were details from the audio.
United States downgrades consulate for Palestinians into Israel embassy unit
The unit will be located at the former US consular site on Argon Road in West Jerusalem. The Palestinian leadership condemned Washington's decision.
He described Prince Mohammed as "an old-fashioned tribal leader" out of touch with Saudi's poor.
"Repeated accusations, allegations and biased media campaigns will not discourage (Saudi Arabia) from holding to its principles", Sheikh Abderrahman al-Sadis said during a sermon accompanying Friday prayers at the mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam.
Saudi King Salman has also ordered that a ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman be set up to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers accurately", AFP reported quoting the state media.
"There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him", said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity and adding that there was a standing order to bring critics of the kingdom back to the country. "MBS" is a reference to the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
When news of Khashoggi's disappearance first broke, aides made clear to White House chief of staff John Kelly that the case was not going away, two senior White House officials said.
Investigators have recovered samples from searches of both buildings to analyse for traces of Khashoggi's DNA.
The journalist's disappearance has sparked global outrage and threatened the US-Saudi relationship.
The New York Times previously said it had spoken to three people with knowledge of the Saudi plans relating to General Assiri, who had earlier served as the spokesman for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen before being promoted to his current job in intelligence.