Trump Administration Presses Saudis For Information On Missing Journalist

Heather Nauert

Heather Nauert

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters Wednesday that the Senate would "take some action" regarding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Politico reported.

The writer's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz said he first visited the consulate on 28 September and returned on 2 October after being promised paperwork he required so that the two could marry.

The Trump administration, from the president on down, is heavily invested in the Saudi relationship.

Twenty-two USA senators have signed a letter to President Donald Trump, triggering an investigation and determination of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

Cengiz, who told CNN that she does not feel comfortable enough to give an on-camera interview, said in written answers to questions from CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Khashoggi "may have been kidnapped, abducted, or some harm may have come to him".

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Kaye said he did not have "any particular plan" about what the worldwide investigation would look like, but that "multiple models" - such as a United Nations -mandated probe - exist.

He had already applied to become a USA citizen, according to an op-ed in the Post by his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside the consulate on 2 October when he disappeared. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the global community.

"I have to find out who did it", Trump said. She says she has not seen him since then.

During an October 9 interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Boot was extremely critical of Trump's anemic response to Khashoggi's disappearance-declaring, "This administration can not sweep this under the rug". Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. "I'm not happy about this".

And in another sign the White House was stepping up pressure, White House national security adviser John Bolton and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. A year ago he oversaw the imprisonment of dozens of prominent Saudis in the very Ritz hotel Trump stayed during his visit.

The Saudis were discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, back to the kingdom, the newspaper claims, citing a person familiar with the communications, which were intercepted before he vanished.

While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers.

The Saudi regime denies this. "To me.it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them". Lindsay Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is close to Trump.

As the kingdom failed to release any proof that the dissident left its consulate in Istanbul alive, the identities of an alleged 15-member assassination squad surfaced.

She said he did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate, adding: 'He did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil.

He said Iran's sales had fallen by 700,000 barrels per day since the United States announced in May that it was pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposing sanctions on its oil industry.

"I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Istanbul's Saudi consulate and has not been heard from since.

RSF also released a report on Wednesday that found that at least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year.