Jamal Khashoggi: Pompeo to meet Erdoğan as gory reports of killing emerge

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Turkish crime scene investigators carried out a eight-hour search of the consulate on Monday night in an investigation to look into what happened to Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.

"Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate", Trump said on Twitter, referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

But Riyadh insists that the journalist, a known critic of Saudi King Salman, had left the building and that murder claims are "baseless".

Turkish forensics and police officers arrive to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018, to search the premises in the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish investigators began to search the consulate in Istanbul on Monday evening, but earlier in the day a cleaning crew was seen entering the consulate, according to The Washington Post.

"Unfortunately, the search at the residence [of the Saudi consul general] did not happen last night".

He added: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

"They promised accountability for each of those persons whom they determine as a result of their investigation deserves accountability", he said.

Soon after talking with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over phone on Tuesday, Trump in a tweet said that answers related to Khashoggi's disappearance would be forthcoming shortly.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was delaying a decision on whether to go through with a planned visit to Saudi Arabia meant to help fix strained relations.

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Meanwhile President Trump said Tuesday that he has spoken to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom steadfastly denies any involvement in Khashoggi's suspected murder.

"Saudis claimed that his [consul's] family was inside", said Mevlut Cavusoglu addressing members of the media following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ankara.

The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you come to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!" "You are going to get me in trouble".

Sky special correspondent Alex Crawford says she was told by a "very well placed" source that a conversation between Saudi consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi and Mr Khashoggi can be heard on the recording, after which there was "a beating".

President Trump has previously said he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have suggested - because it would harm the USA economically.

Following Turkish investigators' examination of the Saudi consulate on Monday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that officials are looking into the possible presence of "toxic materials" inside the Saudi consulate and whether those materials were "removed by painting them over".

Mr. Trump also said that his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was "lying" when he said under oath that Mr. Trump had directed him to use campaign funds to pay off two women who alleged that they had an affair with Mr. Trump.



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