Trump Administration Presses Saudis For Information On Missing Journalist

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Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Washington Post - for whom Khashoggi wrote columns after fleeing Saudi Arabia over fears of retribution for his critical commentary - reported that U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials planning to abduct the prominent journalist.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and USA permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been missing since entering the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2 and left later that day.

Corker says, "the Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance". "Everything points to them".

While the statement did not directly refer to Khashoggi or Trump, it came a day after the president vowed to "get to the bottom" of the journalist's disappearance in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes".

"If, as they say, this bad murder didn't happen then where is Jamal Khashoggi?".

On Wednesday, Turkish security officials concluded that the "highest levels of the royal court" in Saudi Arabia ordered the assassination of Khashoggi, according to a senior official cited by The New York Times.

"I don't think he should go", Mr. Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union". We're going to take a very serious look at it.

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Trump said he would meet with Khashoggi's family.

"I think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", he said.

He told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt that Khashoggi's disappearance is "a great concern for the United States of America".

Mr Trump, who took his first overseas trip as United States president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

"We can not have an ally who murders in cold blood in their own consulate", said Mr. Sanders.

Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed.

The Saudi journalist critical of the kingdom disappeared last week after visiting the country's consulate in Turkey.

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The senator called that statement "not credible" and he said it's now up to the Saudi government to clarify the situation.

Khashoggi, a forceful critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week ago after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi had been living in exile in Virginia for the past year. Turkish officials fear he was killed inside the building. A man with a light blazer outside the consulate bows slightly as the writer enters the building.

In response, an official source at the Saudi consulate denied that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and denounced what he described as "baseless accusations".

"I would like to confirm that".

He said, "How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems?"

"It has been a heavy burden to have to stop or even cancel everything we had started", she said.

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