Turkish investigators examine Saudi consulate in Istanbul for second time

Donald Trump Tweets Support Of Saudi Prince Denial He Ordered Jamal Khashoggi Killed

"I'm not giving cover at all".

And Trump ally Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) called the situation a "catastrophe" for the Saudis that will "alter the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia for the foreseeable future".

Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC and one of the kingdom's biggest defenders, angrily rejected the Saudi denials that Trump repeated.

Police plan to search the Saudi consul general's home, as well as some of the country's diplomatic vehicles, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

USA intelligence reports, accounts from Khashoggi's friends, passport records and social media profiles paint a picture of a brutal killing that at least had its roots in Mohammed's desire to silence Khashoggi, a former palace insider turned critic of the government and the prince in particular. And he has cautioned against rushing to blame Saudi leaders, telling the Associated Press news agency that they were being treated as "guilty until proven innocent".

Trump said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's trip to attend a Saudi investment conference is still on, but that it could be canceled by Friday depending on what the investigation finds.

According to the latest reports, the Saudi journalist was assassinated by a squad that included agents tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a powerful figure in the Saudi royal family and lynchpin in the trend toward ever-tightening relations with Trump's White House.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday arrived in Ankara from Riyadh for talks with the Turkish leadership, saying Saudi Arabia had promised a full investigation into the case.

"It depends if the king or crown prince knew about it, in my opinion", Trump said, "Number one, what happened?" The U.S. newspaper said Turkish officials have shared evidence, including details of an audio recording, with Saudi and U.S. officials.

Turkish officials have claimed Saudi agents killed and dismembered him.

Pompeo, heading back to Washington, told reporters that the USA needs "to know the facts before we can begin to formulate what the appropriate response" would be if Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Trump has appeared to be on the defensive since Turkish sources first accused Saudi agents of killing Khashoggi - a United States resident and Washington Post contributor - inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has said weapons sales to Saudi are too valuable for "jobs, jobs, jobs" and that the Saudis could buy arms from Russian Federation or China instead.

"I hope they haven't", Trump said, referring to King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

President Trump's son-in-law-Jared Kushner laid low in New York Wednesday as the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi simmered as an worldwide crisis, but continued to steer a back-room response. The Saudi envoy left Istanbul for Riyadh on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, a Saudi delegation had also arrived at the building to take part in what is presented as a joint search with their Turkish counterparts.

Turkey has not shared with the USA government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven US and European security officials told Reuters.

"I don't want to do that", Trump told Fox News in an interview when asked if he is going to "walk away" from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

Before leaving Riyadh, Pompeo said the kingdom promised a "transparent investigation".

A French professional who has worked with the Saudi royal family identified a second suspect, Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, as a member of the security team that travels with the prince.

"They made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official", Pompeo said.

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