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

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

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday the United States should "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia" over the incident and said he would never again work with the crown prince, assailing him as "toxic" and calling him a "wrecking ball".

Pompeo told journalists before leaving Riyadh on Wednesday that Saudi leaders, including King Salman and his son, the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, "made no exceptions on who they would hold accountable".

Pompeo met with Saudi Arabian King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh on Tuesday. In his comments to reporters, Pompeo described his talks in Saudi Arabia as "incredibly successful" because, he said, the Saudis had promised a thorough and transparent probe.

Pompeo came to Ankara fresh from talks in Riyadh where he held a 20-minute meeting with King Salman and a far longer meeting with Prince Mohammed, where the pair shook hands and smiled.

Pompeo "thanked the foreign minister for his continued partnership and he and the foreign minister followed up on a range of regional and bilateral issues discussed at the UN General Assembly", the statement read.

"He had [Mr Khashoggi] murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it - I feel used and abused", he said.

Nils Melzer, the United Nations special investigator on torture, said that if Turkey and Saudi Arabia can't conduct "a credible and objective investigation", then worldwide involvement may be needed. However, they have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claim and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time.

Tubaigy reportedly listened to music while Khashoggi was killed and dismembered.

Pompeo welcomed Saudi Arabia's support of the Turkish authorities' investigation, the State Department said, noting that both agreed on the need for an investigation "that provides answers".

When asked what gives Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt amid the various reports about Turkey's allegations of Saudi responsibility in Khashoggi's disappearance, Pompeo said he is waiting for Saudi leaders to follow through on their promise for a complete investigation.

Turkish investigators were expected to carry out a search of the Saudi Consul General's residence in Istanbul later on Tuesday. However, Riyadh insists that the journalist, a known critic of Saudi King Salman, had left the building and that the murder claims are "baseless".

Prominent U.S. newspapers have reported, citing anonymous sources, that Saudi officials may soon acknowledge Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate but blame it on a botched intelligence operation.

"The New York Times has confirmed independently that at least nine of 15 suspects identified by Turkish authorities worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries", the newspaper reported late Tuesday, referring to the case of Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the the Saudi Consulate on October 2.

Turkish authorities have told USA officials that they have recordings from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that provide evidence that the missing journalist was killed inside. Yet he has also repeatedly said that any potential US sanctions should not include killing a multi-billion dollar arms deal with the Saudis.

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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