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Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist

Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said many questions remained unanswered while German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged transparency, adding that "available reports on what happened in the Istanbul consulate are insufficient".

Saudi state-run media reported that prosecutors believe The Washington Post columnist was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in a quarrel.

The explanation - which comes after officials denied the journalist's disappearance - has sparked allegations of a cover-up meant to shield powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

President Trump appeared to initially accept the Saudi explanation, but USA lawmakers, intelligence officials and foreign policy experts quickly accused the government in Riyadh of a coverup.

The president said: "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened..."

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted on Friday afternoon, "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement".

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2. "We don't know where the body is", he said.

"I don't think anybody believes that story", Corker said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Friday during a trip to Albania: "Turkey has not given a voice recording to Pompeo or any other American official".

Another Turkish ruling party official also criticized Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom should have given its explanation "before the situation reached this point".

Before the Saudi announcements, Trump said he might consider sanctions although he has also appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudi leadership.

Turkish government sources have claimed that Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi government, was tortured and murdered by a hit squad flown in from Riyadh.

The kingdom's weeks of denial and lack of credible evidence in the face of allegations by Turkey from the start that Khashoggi had been killed have shaken global confidence in ties with the world's top oil exporter, Western governments say. "The Saudi's latest version of events still isn't credible, and the Trump administration must not be complicit in allowing them to sweep this under the rug". "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

"If Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him", said Mr Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The official, Leyla Sahin Usta, said it would have been "more valuable" if Saudi officials had earlier admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its diplomatic post.

"In Saudi Arabia, you do not do something of this magnitude without having clearance from the top", Senator Thom Tillis, another Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Three major European powers - Germany, Britain and France - pressed Saudi Arabia to provide facts to back up its earlier explanation of a fight.

Jubeir said that conflicting reports about whether khashoggi had left Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul prompted a probe that the Saudis will continue to put out information on Khashoggi's death as it becomes available.



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