Turkish president says Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

Saudi agent seen on video leaving consulate wearing missing journalist's clothing

It's very simple. Bad deal. Saudi officials initially claimed he'd left the consulate the day he entered, but two weeks later, they claimed Khashoggi had been killed after a meeting there turned into a fight.

Trump also told the newspaper that he didn't think the Saudi ruler, King Salman, knew that Khashoggi was a target.

But he again declined to lay blame at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or his father, King Salman, saying he'd spoken to both of them and they denied any involvement.

Earlier this week, he said he's not satisfied with the explanations he's heard from Saudi Arabia thus far. Erdogan said Khashoggi was the victim of a "brutal" and "planned" murder and called for the extradition of 18 suspects to Turkey to face justice.

Erdogan spoke about Khashoggi's killing for more than 45 minutes, beginning his remarks with what he called a "refresh" of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death.

"In terms of what we ultimately do, I'm going to leave it very much - in conjunction with me - I'm going to leave it up to Congress", Trump said, adding he hopes a decision will be bipartisan. "And they had the worst cover-up ever", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo said the U.S. will revoke the visas of the individuals implicated in the killing of Mr Khashoggi.




Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States was revoking the visas of some Saudi officials who are allegedly involved in the brutal killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Portman said these next steps on Saudi Arabia will be dependent on a "real investigation" of what happened. "Covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity", he said, per the Washington Post. "We have information that the murder is not instant, but planned", he said.

Saudi Arabia must relinquish control of the investigation into the "political" murder to an independent and unbiased Turkish operation in Istanbul, Erdoğan said.

Trump said of the attack on the journalist that "whoever thought of that idea, I think, is in big trouble".

"President Erdogan's statement this morning underscores the fact there remain questions which only the Saudis have the answers to", Prime Minster Theresa May's spokesman said.

Members of Congress have demanded that sanctions be imposed on Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the US and wrote critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He also said that cameras at the consulate had been removed the day before the team's arrival. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin also announced he would not go but surprised many when he showed up in Riyadh and met with the Crown Prince Monday. "Why is the body of a person who has officially been accepted as killed still not around?"

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