President Trump taking 'serious look' at missing journalist


Reports about the USA appointing investigator over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are untrue, said Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday. U.S. ties have always been anchored by energy interests, counter-terror cooperation and more recently by U.S. -Saudi military cooperation in the Yemen civil war.

The letter was written by Corker and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) of the Foreign Relations Committee and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

She had been waiting outside the consulate when her Khashoggi went inside. He visited Saudi Arabia on his first worldwide trip as president, announcing $110bn in proposed arms sales with the Gulf kingdom at the time. He said withholding sales would hurt the USA economy.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

Decades of close U.S. -Saudi relations, which have only intensified under Trump, appeared in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a government critic.

Trump said he had talked "more than once" and "at the highest levels" to partners in Saudi Arabia, which is one of Washington's closest allies and a key market for the USA weapons industry.

The Washington Post printed a blank column in its newspaper on October 5, in solidarity with Khashoggi titled "A missing voice" and called on Crown Prince Salman to ensure he "is free and able to continue his work". "We're also confident that he would be transparent with readers about these efforts as they progressed".

The lawmakers signed a letter demanding a human rights probe into the Khashoggi case, the Saudi journalist who went missing last week during a visit to his country's consulate in Turkey.

On Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addressed the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi - said the State Department would welcome a "thorough" investigation.

"I'm told that he's headed back to his home country and we expect some information when he gets back", said spokesperson Heather Nauert.

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Senior U.S. officials, including Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have spoken with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the disappearance.

Turkish officials claim that Mr Khashoggi was murdered within its walls.

"We are very very disturbed" by Khashoggi's disappearance", said Code Pink founder Meda Benjamin.

"If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and (I believe) they (the Saudis) would have to most advanced of systems".

Paul said he hopes Khashoggi's disappearance " motivates everybody to reassess our kinship and everything we do with Saudi Arabia".

Possibly angered by Turkey's extensive coverage of the team that was sent to the consulate, Saudi authorities abruptly changed their minds about allowing Turkish investigators access to the consulate and blocked the Turks from entering on Wednesday.

Erdogan, whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam, also supported a government in Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia has designated a terrorist movement. We're working with Turkey, we're working with Saudi Arabia.

TRT World also obtained footage showing Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.

"We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody". People close to him interviewed regarding his involvement with DAWN pointed out that Khashoggi didn't voice intentions to overturn governments, but rather to expand the rights of people living in the region.

Citing a person familiar with the case, the report said USA intelligence intercepted the communications of Saudi officials elaborating on a plan to seize Khashoggi.