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His comments came amid swirling speculation that Turkey may have audio tapes that reveal what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and royal insider who has been missing for over two weeks after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

A man holds a poster of Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organised by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate.

Around a dozen forensics officers carrying extensive equipment, went in to the building, where they will also search the garden, Crawford said.

He was allegedly killed during an interrogation inside the consulate, media outlets have reported. According to the report, his body was later beheaded and dismembered by his killers.

"The timing of this is no coincidence", a U.S. official told the New York Times.

A steady drip of leaks from police, diplomatic and intelligence sources have claimed that the 60-year-old was murdered for his opposition to the Saudi regime, allegations the Gulf kingdom has called "baseless".

Despite such heated rhetoric condemning the Saudis, others are suggesting the media seems eager to believe the claims of Turkish officials.

A senior Turkish official confirmed the details that were published in the pro-government daily newspaper Yeni Safak.

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: U.S. asks Turkey for recording evidence
Yeni Safak , which is close to the government, quotes him as telling alleged Saudi agents sent to Istanbul: "Do this outside". A State Department spokeswoman said Pompeo had not heard any audio recording purporting to indicate Khashoggi was killed.

Meanwhile, reports say Saudi Arabia had delivered one hundred million dollars to the U-S at the same time American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh earlier this week.

"We have lots of important relationships - financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, governmental relationships, . the efforts to reduce the risk to the United States of America from the world's largest state sponsor of terror, Iran", he said. The publication did not explain how it had obtained the recordings of Khashoggi's death, which occurred at the consulate offices of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. "I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does", Trump said.

The Saudis have strongly denied those allegations but US media outlets have reported that they will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

The crown prince, touted as a radical reformer for his decision to let women drive and drive to modernize the desert kingdom's oil-dependent economy, is at odds with Turkey over the latter's support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its military alliance with Saudi Arabia's big bugbear, Qatar.

"In all probability, the Saudis want Trump to know that his cooperation in covering for the Khashoggi affair is important to the Saudi monarch", said Joshua Landis, a professor at the University of Oklahoma. German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas has postponed his trip to Saudi Arabia.

"We expect the search in the residence and vehicles to be carried out today", Cavusoglu said, following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That was what he did to ease the tension when doing such work, the official said, describing the contents of the audio recording.

For almost two years, through an ongoing crisis with Qatar and global outrage over civilian casualties in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemeni rebels, the prince has managed to keep Washington's confidence.

The Turks are leading the investigation and have at times faced some difficulties with the Saudis, who did not grant them entry to the consulate until Monday and stalled Turkish police looking to inspect the Saudi consul general's residence until Wednesday.

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