Saudi account of Jamal Khashoggi's death meets growing scepticism

Clay Curtis
October 24, 2018

Asked during a trip to Nevada if he was satisfied that Saudi officials had been fired over Khashoggi's death, Trump said:"No, I am not satisfied until we find the answer". "Again, it's early. We haven't finished our review, our investigation".

Responding to a question, Trump indicated that he would let the Congressmen take lead on the issue of particularly determining the action that needs to be taken against Saudi Arabia.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's current policy, left his home country and moved to the United States in 2017.

"We are determined to uncover every stone". We are, the United States. The journalist's disappearance and slaying have sparked an worldwide outcry as well as intense criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, tarnishing his image in the West as a reformer.

He added, "I think we really need to discontinue our arms sales to Saudi Arabia and have a long and serious discussion about whether or not they want to be an ally or they want to be an enemy".

"This is far from the end and we need to keep up the worldwide pressure". He also said the kingdom does not know what happened to Khashoggi's body after his death.

Sanctions, possibly under the Global Magnitsky Act that targets individuals responsible for gross human rights abuses, would be a major step against a key US ally in the Middle East and the world's No. 1 oil exporter.

"The story the Saudis have told about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance continues to change with each passing day, so we should not assume their latest story holds water", Corker tweeted Friday.

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"We have a great deal of understanding for those who have canceled their participation", he added. It said Khashoggi's torturers cut off his fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered him.

Trump has repeatedly said that he opposes any effort to jeopardize more than $100 billion in USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but that he would consider sanctions on the kingdom.

The Saudi foreign minister gave his condolences to family of Khashoggi and said the death was an aberration and a huge and grave mistake.

On Wednesday, crime scene investigation units arrived at the official residence of Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi around 4.40 p.m. local time (1340GMT).

On the House side, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers called on Trump to act. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the investigation "demonstrates the Kingdom's keenness and commitment to finding the truth of this incident".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement, "France condemns this murder in the strongest terms".

The journalist's disappearance has sparked global outrage and threatened the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

Jubeir said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up". "There is no way this kind of premeditated murder operation conceivably have happened in the Saudi consulate without the knowledge of and approval of the Crown Prince". However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart there on joint efforts toward countering terrorist financing and curbing Iran's military and political influence.

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