Missing Saudi journalist's fiancée asks for Trump's help

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

Jamal Khashoggi, the 59-year-old Saudi journalist who wrote Washington Post columns critical of the kingdom's assertive crown prince, has been missing since October 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork so he could marry his fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

Turkish officials launched an investigation and claim that the evidence already suggests Khashoggi entered but never left the consulate. But he said the U.S.is demanding answers: "We're demanding everything, we want to see what's going on here". "We want to see what's going on".

Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked with the kingdom's leaders "more than once" since Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself, and despite our differences, and his choice to go into his so called 'self-exile, ' we still maintained regular contact when he was in Washington", Khalid bin Salman added. "I don't. I do look at it certainly has a shot across the bow at Saudi Arabia and these are very serious steps", he said.

"The United States can not be in a military partnership with a country that has this little concern for human life", said Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "This is a bad situation".

'And we can not let this happen. It would be a violation of worldwide law to harm, arrest or detain people at a diplomatic mission, he said, and noted that no such thing had ever happened in Turkey's history.

Under the terms of the Magnitsky legislation, the President can impose sanctions on individuals or countries that are deemed to have committed a human rights violation.

More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance became global news.

The Khashoggi incident might make it very hard for the Trump administration to win congressional approval for arms sales to the Saudis. When he was asked whether the writer's disappearance could put those ties in jeopardy, Trump said: "I have to find out what happened". Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed US intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

After Trump spoke, the White House said national security adviser John Bolton and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the matter on Tuesday. He also called for at least a temporary halt in US military support for the Saudi bombing campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. I've told the king, King Salman, 'Sorry. "I don't trust them one bit, '" Saffuri said. Saudi Arabia officials said that he had left the building, but have not provided evidence. Yet Jamal did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate in Turkey, even if they wanted to arrest him.

The Saudi ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the ministry to request Riyadh's cooperation in the investigation, a Turkish official said.

Protest: People hold pictures of Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish sources believe he was tortured, killed and dismembered.

Steve Doocy noted the Washington Post has reported that Mohammed ordered the operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said the United States "had no advance knowledge" of such a plan.

USA intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.

The comments came a day after the Washington Post - for whom Khashoggi wrote columns - reported that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials planning to abduct the prominent reporter and critic.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed concern after reviewing classified reports on the situation.

"If a bird flew, or a fly or a mosquito appeared, the systems would capture this; they [Saudi Arabia] have the most cutting-edge systems", Hurriyet quoted him as saying.