Trump reluctant to halt arms sales to Saudis over alleged assassination

Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2

Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday he has suspended his advisory role on Saudi Arabia's planned megacity project NEOM until more is known about the disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reported.

The White House also revealed in a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that two senior officials, the national security advisor and Trump's son-in-law, have contacted the Saudis on the matter.

"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul".

Earlier US intelligence intercepts have also proved that Saudi officials were heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US, where he resides, back to Saudi Arabia where he would be detained.

"I think you could say that there may not be proof that they've killed the journalist or even that the journalist has been killed yet", Paul said.

"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.

Other members included alleged Saudi intelligence officers and special forces troops, Turkish media said.

A 15-MAN Saudi "death squad" who allegedly killed missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been caught on camera arriving in Turkey, according to reports.

He added that Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been in contact with his administration and may come to the White House.

Technology experts say it is highly unlikely the watch could have recorded actions inside the embassy and uploaded them to an iCloud account.

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Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said authorities are "open to cooperation" and willing to examine the consulate grounds, though it was not clear when a search would take place.

US officials have been briefed on the evidence, and The Post reports that USA intelligence intercepts revealed that Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Mr. Khashoggi back to the kingdom from Washington, where he has been living in self-imposed exile and contributing commentaries to The Post.

In a related development, more than 20 Republican and Democratic senators, in a joint letter to President Trump have instructed to order an investigation into Khasoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorises imposing sanctions on perpetrators of extrajudicial killings.

"It's a very sad situation, this is a bad situation", Trump said.

Emily Thornberry, Labour's so-called shadow foreign minister, told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that "the balance of evidence" suggested Saudi Arabia had killed the journalist.

Saudi Arabia called the accusations "baseless".

The Washington Post and New York Times have reported that Saudi Royal Court: i.e. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself ordered an operation targeting Jamal Khashoggi.

In a statement to CNN on Wednesday, a Saudi official said the kingdom "categorically" denies "any involvement in Jamal's disappearance".

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then he wrote columns for the Washington Post.

The source stated that "a security delegation composed of Saudi investigators arrived on Saturday to Istanbul at the request of the Saudi side and the consent of the Turkish side to participate in the investigations of the disappearance of the Saudi citizen".

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