Journalist Khashoggi's disappearance may send US-Saudi relations into a tailspin

The image taken from Turkey's Daily Sabah shows 15 Saudi operatives suspected of having killed Kamal Khashoggi upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

The image taken from Turkey's Daily Sabah shows 15 Saudi operatives suspected of having killed Kamal Khashoggi upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

"If the Saudi government sent a bunch of people to kill him and chop him up and then they left, if that's what happened, I'm telling you what's gonna happen on Capitol Hill is a complete revolt against our policies with Saudi Arabia, ' said Rubio, adding that would be "unfortunate" because the Saudis are important partners when it comes to "containing" Iran's influence".

The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi plans to kidnap Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fled into exile a year ago. "We need to nip it in the bud", he told reporters.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations "baseless" and said that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but didn't offer any evidence.

Trump said Wednesday that he's been in touch with the "highest levels" of the Saudi government about Khashoggi's case and expressed concerns about his possible murder.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, was living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are allies of the United States.

Speaking of the reports surrounding his disappearance, Nauert, in a tense news conference, made it clear: "We don't have any information on his whereabouts right now or what happened to him".

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Broadcast by Turkey's TRT World channel and apparently obtained from security cameras, the footage shows vehicles driving up to the consulate, including black vans thought to be central to inquiries. You know, we have to see what happens.

It said that the circumstances around Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally-recognised human rights", including torture or killing.

"That would be a very sad thing and we'll probably know in the very short future", the president responded. Kushner and the crown prince have forged a close relationship.

According to several media outlets, citing unnamed Turkish sources, police in Turkey believe the writer was killed inside the diplomatic facility.

Even before Khashoggi's disappearance, lawmakers had soured on a Saudi government they view as having a high-handed attitude.

"It's a very strong signal I think from the foreign relations committee".

"Although I can't go into intelligence matters, I can definitively say that we had no knowledge in advance of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance", Palladino told reporters. "It's a bad situation", Trump said in the Oval Office.

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"Well, I think that would be hurting us", he said.

He added, "The Saudis continue to claim that they aren't targeting civilians inside Yemen, but how can we believe them when they apparently just hunted down and murdered an American resident whose only offense was writing critical articles about the Saudi royal family?"

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen. He says that stepping back from arms sales to the Saudis "a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

Since 2009, the executive branch has notified Congress of proposed foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia of major defense articles and services with a potential aggregate value of almost $139 billion, according to a Congressional Research Service report. The intelligence was allegedly gleaned from USA intercepts of Saudi officials and interviews with Khashoggi's friends.

On his first global trip as president, Mr. Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

With every day, leaks from the Turkish investigation are drip-fed to the media here - and hope that Jamal Khashoggi might still be alive fades further.

The Turkish authorities are set to conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate building after announcing that Saudi Arabia had declared itself "open to co-operation" in the investigation.

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