Washington Post Publishes New Khashoggi Column


Last night, Donald Trump said the United States had asked Turkey for the recording and expected to know what happened to Mr Khashoggi "by the end of the week".

But Pompeo declared he did not want "to talk about any of the facts", while President Donald Trump said innocence must be presumed, drawing a parallel with his US Supreme Court judge nominee who faced sexual assault accusations.

Denying that he had ever been "giving cover" to the Saudi side at all, Trump said "we will probably know that by the end of the week" after he got a "full report" from Pompeo upon his return.

Washington, Oct 18 The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is important to give time and space for the investigation of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Several US media said Monday that the Saudis are preparing a report that Khashoggi's death resulted from a botched interrogation.

Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the King and Crown Prince in Riyadh and said the Saudis had already started a "serious and credible investigation" and seemed to suggest it could lead to people within the kingdom.

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Khashoggi's disappearance has hurt the reputation of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, whose close relationship with President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has put him at the center of the administration's Middle East policy.

The Saudi journalist, who has been critical of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is believed to have turned on the recording feature before he went inside the building on 2 October to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

The daily Yeni Safak reported it had heard audio recordings of Mr Khashoggi being tortured during an interrogation, having his fingers cut off and then being decapitated.

The Saudis have strongly denied those allegations, but USA media outlets have reported they will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

Trump reiterated his hopes that Saudi leaders were not involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident. Instead, he says what others would not, openly embracing the compromises he justifies as best for the American bottom line. Turkish officials have said they believe a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" killed Khashoggi there, whilst his Turkish fiance was waiting outside the Saudi embassy with his iPhone.

Trump said, "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent".

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A spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the discussions. Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: "They didn't talk about any of the facts".

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"If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up", one of the agents replied, according to both the official and the newspaper.

"They're going to do an investigation, and when the investigation comes out we'll evaluate it", Pompeo told reporters travelling with him. He also reportedly was close to the Saudi crown prince, and has been photographed near him on several global trips.

Saudi officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment from the Associated Press.

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. The Secretary will also discuss the Jamal Khashoggi case and reiterate the USA offer to assist Turkey in its investigation, the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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