White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case, lawmakers criticise Saudi statement

Clay Curtis
October 20, 2018

The disappearance of Khashoggi has provoked global criticism of Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and convulsed the kingdom as it struggles to respond to increasing worldwide pressure to explain the journalist's fate.

Businesses pulled out of an investment conference due to be held in Saudi Arabia next week, and US President Donald Trump came under pressure to issue an unequivocal condemnation.

Assiri had no immediate comment.

It evolved into a major crisis for Prince Mohammed, a Trump administration favorite who has portrayed himself as a modernizing Arab reformer, but whose image and even position at home could now be gravely undermined.

Earlier Friday, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country has not provided the audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged killing to American officials but promised that Turkey would "share with the world" the results of its investigation, according to Anadolu. They said he was killed soon after he entered the embassy, and his body dismembered.

Bostic said he saw little risk to a US economy that is "chugging along" with very low unemployment and inflation at the Fed's 2 percent target.

Al-Asiri was not part of the 15-man "hit squad" named by Turkish media, who Turkish officials suspect were involved in the killing of Khashoggi.

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Where is the evidence that has been repeatedly referred to by the Turkish authorities?

Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

"That gives you an idea of the enormous financial and strategic interests that are invested in maintaining the United States partnership with Saudi Arabia and its leadership". "I don't think he would have done this if he hadn't thought he had license from the US administration to frankly behave as he wishes to do so".

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers including Trump ally Sen. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Saudi Arabia's claim that Khashoggi was "killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible". "Now, a fight breaks out and he's killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince", Graham said.

"If the reports are proven to be what I hear in the paper, it is completely and uttlerly unacceptable and I would say the global community, our country included, has to take every possible action to ensure that those who are responsible, whoever they are, are brought to account".

"The United States and the rest of the worldwide community must condemn the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and the use of diplomatic posts as torture chambers for rogue nations". "The impartiality of a Saudi investigation would remain in question".

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