Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Khashoggi

Saudi official closes the barrier in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey on Oct. 15 2018

Saudi official closes the barrier in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey on Oct. 15 2018. ERDEM SAHIN—EPA-EFE REX Shutterstock

Turkish officials have said they believe a Saudi hit team killed Khashoggi earlier this month after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "They had come to kill him", the source told MEE. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi government who has written about the country as a correspondent for the Washington Post. "The report is intended, per CNN, to absolve the Saudi government of responsibility for the murder by claiming the operation was not cleared", the new report said. The AP quoted an unnamed high-level Turkish official as saying that evidence was found there of Khashoggi's killing, without elaborating, while Reuters said investigators found "strong evidence" but no conclusive proof of Khashoggi's death. "Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them", Trump said.

Erdogan told journalists Tuesday that police sought traces of "toxic" materials and suggested parts of the consulate had been recently painted, without elaborating.

In tweets, Trump said that the crown prince, who goes by the initials MBS, reiterated his father's denial of Saudi Arabia's alleged role in the affair during the call that followed a dinner between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Saudi leader in Riyadh.

"We are strong and old allies", the crown prince told Pompeo before reporters were ushered out.

Saudi-friendly sources repeatedly claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate on 2 October and that it was up to Turkey to locate him.

Turkish forensics arrive to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"The Saudi government can no longer remain silent, and it is essential that our own government and others push harder for the truth", Ryan said in a statement.

"The President has asked me to travel to Turkey to meet with senior leaders".

The disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has embarrassed Mohammed and strained relations with Washington.

The president also commented about the ongoing matter during an interview with Fox Business' Trish Regan Tuesday night.

In a statement after meetings with both the Saudi king and crown prince, Pompeo said they "strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in their consulate in Istanbul".

On Tuesday, Turkish investigators searched the consulate building.

Trump's warning drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

Just hours before the forensic inspection, the Saudis let in a team of cleaners armed with several large mops and buckets.

The secretary of state was dispatched to Riyadh on Monday after Mr Trump spoke to King Salman on the phone.

On Tuesday, Trump told The Associated Press that the "rogue killers" suggestion resulted from his "feeling" of his conversation with Salman, and it was not wording used by the king. Those are all indications Trump is sticking by Saudi Arabia, the first country he visited as president in 2017.

"I've been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate", Graham said.

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