We need to hit the Saudis where it hurts

Ivan Schwartz
October 11, 2018

The letter to Mr. Trump was also signed by Sens.

If either government seems to be in control of the investigation, Kaye said "it is not going to be seen as credible by significant portions of the global community". We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody.

President Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken to the Saudi government "at the highest levels" about the situation.

In Istanbul, Khashoggi met his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, a PhD student who had met Khashoggi at a seminar.

Turkish officials told The New York Times on Tuesday that Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a vocal critic of the Saudi government, was assassinated under orders from senior members of the Saudi royal court and killed by a team of people within two hours of stepping into the country's consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday to pick up a marriage document.

The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal.

The allegation that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate has been rejected by Saudi Arabia, which claims the dissident journalist left the premises alive.

But on Wednesday, the State Department said the US had no advance knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance. Spending more than a year in self-imposed exile in the United States - away from his country, his family and his loved ones - had taken a toll on him. Turkish authorities are telling journalists what they think happened, citing released video footage: that Khashoggi was the victim of a targeted murder. The free world deserves answers. A day earlier, the state department called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough probe into the case.

The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday prompted senators to initiate an investigation and possible sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

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Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Protesters hold posters of Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the consulate on Monday.

Turkey said on Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there.

She called on Trump to "help shed light" on the journalist's disappearance.

Trump made Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first foreign trip as president in May 2017, but in recent weeks has appeared to sour a bit on Riyadh, complaining directly to King Salman about the cost of American support for the Saudi military and for OPEC oil price increases.

"It points to the idea that whatever has happened to him, the Saudis - I mean, they've got some explaining to do", Corker said in a Daily Beast report.

The Post has obtained video of the areas surrounding the consulate that purportedly shows when Khashoggi arrived at the consulate, as well as the movements of vehicles leaving the consulate two hours later.

The footage released on Wednesday shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate as well as images of black vans driving to the building.

"Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable".

"We knew of Jamal's interest in building platforms to promote the discussion of issues that he is passionate about, notably freedom and democracy in the Middle East", he said.

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